Un. Bee. Leave. A. Bull.
In a transparently political move, the Republicans in Congress introduced a bill for the immediate pull-out of troops from Iraq. Obviously done to force the hands of the Democrats, and in a twisted sort of way understandable as a political gambit, this shameful display nevertheless equates to a stab in the back to our deployed forces.
Political games. Instead of taking on the Democrats directly, pointing out the foolishness of the "withdraw now!" calls, Republican leadership instead went for a hollow gesture - in effect, forcing the Democrats to vote against their own idea. It was probably to prepare the way for another accusation of Democratic intransigence somewhere down the road when a real troop-withdrawal bill is put up, but still . . .
The message to the troops was that Congress in general and the Republicans in particular are willing to play games for short-term political gain at the expense of soldiers in battle. We've given the military a mission, and they're executing that mission with typical skill and fortitude. Then Congress tells them it's all a big joke and they'll be jerked around just to make the other side of the aisle look bad.
Between the Democrats' recent absurd tactics (We voted for the war because we were confoosed! Wah! Bush is a poopie-head!) and now this horribly wrongheaded move by the Republicans, the lesson that I draw from it all is that it's time to vote all of them out of office. We need people on Capitol Hill who are aware that they're up there to do the nation's business, not play these idiotic games. It's gotten too partisan. Too much about scoring points off the other guy and nowhere near enough about "securing the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity."
I'm so disgusted I just want to heave my guts.