Thursday, May 3, 2007

Mike Rogers Makes Excuses for 'The Commander Guy'

With 67% of Michigan residents opposing the President's handling of the war, Mike Rogers is still first in line to make excuses for "The Commander Guy":
“We shouldn’t make decisions in Washington, D.C. that handcuff our soldiers in harm’s way in Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said. “Cutting funds for troops in the field jeopardizes their safety and offers not one solution allowing them to come home soon, safe and proud of their accomplishments.
Actually, the bill passed by Congress was funding for the troops. Mike Rogers and George Bush voted against this.
“Setting an artificial timetable in Iraq does not allow for any continued effort against al-Qaida, which is currently seeking safe haven in large parts of Iraq and clearly presents a threat to the safety of the United States,” Rogers continued.
Al-Qaida is not the main problem in Iraq –– we are witnessing at least four major internal conflicts. Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi acknowledged that his country is experiencing a civil war over a year ago:
We are losing each day as an average 50 to 60 people throughout the country, if not more - if this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell echoed these remarks yesterday:
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Wednesday that Iraq's violence meets the standard of civil war and that if he were heading the State Department now, he might recommend that the administration use that term.
We can debate all the mistakes made in Iraq until the cows come home, but the bottom line is that a solid majority of Americans now support a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq:
Nearly six in 10 Americans want to see U.S. troops leave Iraq either immediately or within a year, and more would rather have Congress running U.S. policy in the conflict than President Bush, according to a CNN poll out Tuesday.
Mike Rogers just doesn't get it. His constituents want an end to this war, yet he continues to support George Bush's failed policies.

As we have pointed out before, Mr. Rogers has been accepting campaign contributions from Iraq war profiteers for the past two election cycles.

Michigan's 8th district deserves better.


Kelster93 said...

As usual, a great post! Your point that a vote against the bill = no money for the troops is key.

Wonder why Congressional Dems haven't pushed back harder on this point... we need to frame this more aggressively, and force Rogers to explain just why he voted no. Way to support the troops, Mike!

rich said...

It would be nice to see him try to explain how he was "for the troops before he was against them."