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Lawmakers disagree with troop increase

Resolution filed Friday met with some skepticism in Senate

January 27, 2007

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— Opposition to President Bush's troop increase in Iraq surfaced in the Kansas Statehouse on Friday.

State Sen. Donald Betts, D-Wichita, filed a resolution that would put Kansas lawmakers on record as being opposed to Bush's call for 21,500 more troops to be sent to Iraq.

At a minimum, the resolution states, Bush should seek approval from Congress before sending more troops, and that Congress should prohibit the president from spending taxpayer dollars on an escalation in Iraq without his first seeking congressional approval.

"We are sending 18- and 19-year-olds, at the start of their lives, to Iraq, and they are not coming home," Betts said. The war has claimed the lives of more than 3,000 U.S. soldiers with more than 22,000 wounded.

Bush has said an increase in troop strength is needed to quell violence in the war zone.

But Betts said most Americans and military experts oppose the troop buildup.

If adopted, the resolution would have no legal authority to force Bush or Congress to do anything.

But Betts said it would give Bush, a Republican, "a clear message" of how people in a predominantly Republican state feel about the war.

State Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, R-Independence, said Betts' resolution was unnecessary because state lawmakers can't affect the war effort.

"These are serious issues, but clearly they are not state issues," Schmidt said.

The measure - Senate Concurrent Resolution 1605 - likely will be referred to a committee next week.

In the U.S. Senate, the Foreign Relations Committee adopted a nonbinding resolution saying the troop increase in Iraq was "not in the national interest" of the United States.

But the Bush administration has stated it intends to proceed with its plan.

Comments

Richard Heckler 8 years, 2 months ago

"Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army."

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/26/1559232

"A second task we can take on together is to design and establish a volunteer civilian reserve corps. Such a corps would function much like our military reserve. It would ease the burden on the Armed Forces by allowing us to hire civilians with critical skills to serve on missions abroad when America needs them." Pres. Bush

The Bush constant surge runs through the labor department?

yourworstnightmare 8 years, 2 months ago

Turns out Brownback is now supporting the senate resolution in opposition to the Bush escalation in Iraq.

I always knew that Brownback was a far-left liberal Bush-hater...

WilburM 8 years, 2 months ago

Newsweek poll today: 58% of American people simply want the Bush presidency to be over.

monkeyspunk 8 years, 2 months ago

Merrill, your post has just about nothing to do with the article, but I read the article you posted, because I am aware of the incredible quality of Democracy Now interviews....

The military already draws on the public for "civilians with critical skills" to fill roles needed in the military. They are primarily pilots and server as Warrant Officers. Whats wrong with volunteers if they want to serve?

And as for the interview, Scahill has no real criticism for Blackwater other than the fact that Erik Prince is a Christian and wants to help the Sudanese. Apparently religious freedom is has been abolished already. Good to know where you stand if you agree with Scahill.

james bush 8 years, 2 months ago

The state legislators have their own battles to win without the distraction with which Bush is dealing, or not.

bearded_gnome 8 years, 2 months ago

nothing, not one bit.

you can't run a war by committee. these people should sit down, and shut up. pointless. constitutionally, Bush is the commander and chief. thank God.

most of the U.S. Senate Democrats were for a surge until Bush proposed it then they switched, and are now against it. knee-jerk stupidity obvious to anyone observing.

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