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Hillary Doesn’t Support General Petraeus in Senate Vote, Biden and Obama Refuse to Vote

September 21, 2007

Yesterday the senate held a vote to reaffirm their full support for General Petraeus, and also to condemn the New York Times, moveon.org ad that everyone now knows as the General Betray Us ad. The amendment passed by a 72-25 margin.

  A strong showing of support for General Petraeus, but not strong enough. Twenty five senators think that the ad attacking the general during a time of was was acceptable is not acceptable to me.  So who voted against general Petraeus is my next question. And here is the answer:

Akaka (D-HI)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Byrd (D-WV)
Clinton (D-NY)
Dodd (D-CT)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Levin (D-MI)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Murray (D-WA)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

  Not bothering to vote:

Biden (D-DE)

Cantwell (D-WA)

Obama (D-IL)

  Two things strike me about these lists. Neither one surprising. The first is that with the exception of Sanders from Vermont, who while listed as an Independent is an admitted Socialist, they are all Democrats. They are the usual suspects also. But I want to focus on the highest profile among them, Hillary Clinton.

   Why did Hillary vote against supporting General Petraeus? The answer is obvious, she needs to pander to the far left moveon types. She has been under fire from the far left because of her Iraq war vote and refusal to apologize for it. She could not afford to vote for support of the general. This would have been political suicide. Moveon.org would have started a campaign against her, and she may not have been able to recover. That is the sad position that Democrats find themselves in. They have to vote against a great general, a lifelong soldier who has dedicated his life to serving and protecting our country in order to hold onto voters. But they have put themselves in that position and I have no pity for them. If they have to smear a general during wartime to gain votes than that is what they will do. They have no souls when it comes to who they may hurt in the long run as long as they achieve their most important goal: POWER.

  But at least Hillary took a stand, I applaud her for doing so, even if her stand is despicable and selfish. Which leads me to my second observation on the vote.

  While Hillary took a stand, however self-centered and disingenuous and politically motivated it was, she voted. Two of the three who couldn’t bother to vote are Biden and Obama, both of whom, you may have heard, are running for president. These men didn’t have the stones to put their vote where there mouth is and show the American people where they stand by voting to either support General Petraeus or condemn him. We all know where they stand on the war and the surge, but they couldn’t bring themselves to vote on supporting the general during war.

  But why? Do they support the general and they cannot let moveon.org see that they voted to support the general? I don’t think that is it. Or is it, as I feel, that they don’t support the general and they don’t want the American people to find out? Either way, their lack of a vote is telling. If you don’t dare to vote on an issue as simple as this, how can you tell me you can make a tough decision as president? You can never convince me. Let us know where you stand. I respect Hillary allot more, at least she had the courage to vote and show America that she wants a general to fail during war, and she believes he has betrayed us. I respect Hillary for her nay vote a hell of allot more than Biden and Obama for their non-vote.

  It is too easy for Obama to say, and I’m paraphrasing, ” I opposed the war from the beginning, I would have voted against it” when he didn’t have a vote. At the time, the war was favored by a large majority of Americans. If he can’t bring himself to take a stand on supporting General Petraeus now, while the war is unpopular, how do we know how he would have voted on the Iraq war if he was in the senate at the time? We don’t. He probably would have looked at the polls and voted in lock step with the other Democrats at the time in favor of attacking Iraq.

  Conveniently for him, we will never know.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. in2thefray permalink
    September 22, 2007 2:21 pm

    Good post. I like the commentary. No surprise the two from MA. I feel ssssoooo represented.

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