Withdrawal of Troops from Iraq - Beauprez plays "Duck and Cover"
On November 18, 2005, Congressman Bob Beauprez (in keeping with other tough votes) DUCKed the issue of Withdrawal of Troops from Iraq, and is attempting to COVER his vote by claiming he is a Conservative. Where was Bob Beauprez when the votes were called? Was he in the Men's Room?
The purpose of House Resolution (H Res 571), was for the Republican Leadership to gauge the sense of Congress in response to Congressman John Murtha's calls for Immediate Troop Withdrawal (see below).
"Our troops have become the primary target of the insurgency. They are united against U.S. forces and we have become a catalyst for violence. U.S. troops are the common enemy of the Sunnis, Saddamists and foreign jihadists. I believe with a U.S. troop redeployment, the Iraqi security forces will be incentivized to take control. A poll recently conducted shows that over 80% of Iraqis are strongly opposed to the presence of coalition troops, and about 45% of the Iraqi population believe attacks against American troops are justified. I believe we need to turn Iraq over to the Iraqis...Our military has done everything that has been asked of them, the U.S. can not accomplish anything further in Iraq militarily. IT IS TIME TO BRING THEM HOME."
-- John Murtha (D-PA)
GOP resolution spurs congressional fight
By Liz Sidoti
WASHINGTON — House Republicans maneuvered for swift rejection Friday of any notion of immediately pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq, sparking a nasty, sometimes personal debate over the war following a Democratic lawmaker’s own call for withdrawal.
“We want to make sure that we support our troops that are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. We will not retreat,” Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., said of the nonbinding resolution. San Mateo Daily Journal
“This is not a stunt,” said Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. “This is not an attack on an individual. This is a legitimate question.”
For whatever reason, Bob Beauprez was AWOl on this issue. Much like other military related issues. This is similar to the Kerryesque manuevers of John Kerry "I voted for the War in Iraq before I voted against it." Congressman Bob Beauprez voted for the troops (House Concurrent Resolution 104, March 2003), before I cast a "NOT VOTING" vote in 2005.
Song: WHERE OH WHERE HAS BOB BEAUPREZ GONE? WHERE OH WHERE CAN HE BE? HE VOTED FOR THE WAR IN IRAQ IN 2003, BUT NOW, BOB BEAUPREZ I DO NOT SEE.