Senator Mitch McConnell and other GOP leaders have tried like hell to spin the proposed timeline for troop withdrawal into a “cut and run” surrender strategy. You don’t have to look very far for hypocrisy these days, and a commentary by Travis Sharp of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, reports that those same Republican politicians that are criticizing the Democrats’ position on Iraq War funding maneuvered similarly in the 1990s:
In 1993, Robert Byrd (D-WV) introduced an amendment that clarified the U.S. mission in Somalia and cut off funding after March 31, 1994, unless President Clinton obtained specific reauthorization from Congress. Eleven Republicans still serving in the Senate voted to approve the Byrd amendment, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who argued on the Senate floor at the time that “The only issue here tonight is how we leave, and, in my judgment, the Byrd Amendment better defines the proper exit for the United States.”
The only difference between American troops dying in Somalia, and American troops dying in Iraq, is that Bush, Cheney, Hal Rogers and Mitch McConnell all are in favor of American troops dying in Iraq. I understand that Congress cut off the funding for the U.S. war in Somalia in the 1990's and that ended that war. I hope the Democratic Congress will cut off the funding of the U.S. war in Iraq, like the Republican Congress did to end the U.S. war in Somalia. American troops do not belong in combat in Somalia nor Iraq. Let's bring them home. Let's Ditch Mitch. Let's get a more Democratic Congress. Kenneth Stepp.