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BREAKING: Republicans Vote Against Rest for Our Troops

Posted by nytexan on July 11, 2007

From OpEdna

Please share this with all of your friends, as it will likely be buried in the media.

Today in the Senate, the Webb-Hagel Amendment, designed to let U.S. troops have longer leave periods to spend at home with their families, failed. Why, you ask? Because the party that trumpets “Support Our Troops” from the mountaintops and slap yellow ribbon magnets on their bumpers voted against it.

That’s right. The Republicans voted to prevent our troops from spending time at home with their families, from taking the much needed time to recuperate before being sent back to the frontlines.

The Washington Post reported:

“The Senate voted 56-41 to cut off debate on an amendment to the annual defense policy bill by Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) that would have mandated that troops be granted home leave between deployments of at least as long as their previous combat tours. Already stretched National Guard and Reserve units would have been granted three-year breaks between assignments.”

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7 Responses to “BREAKING: Republicans Vote Against Rest for Our Troops”

  1. Suzie-Q said

    hat’s right. The Republicans voted to prevent our troops from spending time at home with their families, from taking the much needed time to recuperate before being sent back to the frontlines.
    ——————-
    This is so totally wrong!!

  2. nytexan said

    In the eyes of the neo-cons it makes sense.

    Support the troops = deny the troops.

  3. OpEdna said

    Thanks for the help, NYTexan. I’m still so bummed about it.

  4. nytexan said

    OpEdna:

    To be able to fight these bastards you need to stay strong and expect the worst in humanity from them. Getting bummed out will only waste valuable energy that we need to fight back.

    Your welcome.

  5. WhosPlayin said

    This is frustrating, but it’s just another nail in the Neo-Con coffin. What they seem to fail to understand is that the National Guard is NOT intended as an overseas deployment force. It is the National Guard. It is meant to guard our nation on our own soil. Those who join may have done so because they wanted to defend AMERICA. Otherwise, they could have joined the Army Reserves. If I were president, I would bring the National Guard troops home immediately, and replace them with active duty troops and reservists.

    All of our troops are human beings, most with families and loved ones. A commitment to family values means that we should allow them some rest, and some guaranteed time that they will not be deployed.

  6. Is anyone really surprised by this? The Grand Obstructionist Party has never given a damn about the welfare of our troops. They talk a good game, but when it comes down to brass tacks, the troops are the last thing the care about.

  7. nytexan said

    Whosplayin:
    Your right the National Guard is suppose to protect America, however, King George believes America goes beyond our ocean borders.

    Bush and the GOP could give a rat’s ass about family or their mantra of “family values”, these are empty words to give their brain dead base warm fuzzies.

    Bloggernista:
    I love “Grand Obstructionist Party” that is what they truly are.
    The idea that anyone can really believe that the GOP cares about the troops, America, The Constitution or peace is just as delusional as their incompetent leader.

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