WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Friday blocked a Republican proposal to pay $70 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan without strings attached.
The 53-45 vote was 15 votes short of the 60 needed to advance.
The measure was aimed at countering Democratic legislation that also would bankroll the operations, but would additionally require that troops start coming home in 30 days.
BAGHDAD — Coalition officials are taking advantage of a decline in insurgent violence to jump-start a transition into long-term stability operations, a U.S. commander said Nov. 11 in Baghdad.
Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of Multinational Division Center, told reporters in the International Zone that with the effects of the U.S. troop surge bearing positive fruit in the form of reduced attack numbers, reduced casualties, and an increase in weapons cache finds, U.S. forces can pay more attention to capacity building in Iraq’s towns and provinces.
“(Iraqi) civilian casualties since the first of July are down by 42 percent, Coalition casualties are down by 68 percent, and the Iraqi Security Force casualties are down by 37 percent,” Lynch said.
In the same period, Lynch said there was a 43 percent decrease in overall attacks in his area – Najaf, Karbala, Babil, Wasit and parts of Baghdad province. That number includes a 59 percent decrease in improvised explosive device attacks, he said.
Hmmmm, wonder why that is?
“Why do you think you’ve had that significant change since the first of July?” the general was asked.
“The first reason is the surge. The surge gave us the combat power we needed to reach out and touch the enemy,” he explained.
Oh and the linchpin to all of this?
The tipping point, however, and what is enabling Coalition Forces to press ahead with civil affairs projects, is the participation of the Iraqi people in providing security for their own communities, Lynch said.
Sometimes, the Dems show us what they are really about;
In the meantime, Democrats say, the Pentagon can eat into its $471 billion annual budget without being forced to take drastic steps.
"The days of a free lunch are over," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
That sure sounds a lot like "let them eat cake" to me...
But the Demoncrats are about to put Lady Liberty on her knees with this vote. How is that you ask?
As a result, he (Secretary Gates) said he is faced with the undesirable task of preparing to cease operations at Army bases by mid-February, and lay off about 100,000 defense department employees and an equal number of civilian contractors. A month later, he said, similar moves would have to be made by the Marines.
That means many things, among them would be;
- Aircraft maintenance doesn't get done because we can't buy repair parts and flight hours go down.
- The DoD Police that guard our military bases in conjunction with the MPs would start a process of layoffs, thereby increasing the workload for our MPs and decreasing security on the bases.
- Shutting down logistics centers that ship the essential supplies to support our soldiers.
- We can't buy bullets, missiles, tank rounds, spare parts, body armor, food, fuel etc.
- Troops will not get paid.
That last one gets me, because while we do work the hardest job in the world, we do deserve the pay that we earn, and I hope that these asshats in the Democrat Party know that many Americans are going to remember this in November of next year.
Remember Military members and families, vote Democrat, because they support the troops.....