Message of division

Valentine's Day is coming up. Maybe Democrats in the U.S. Senate could just send a Candygram to our enemies in Iraq.

That's essentially what they're doing by drafting a resolution publicly opposing the U.S. strategy in Iraq.

Unbelievable. Could the Founders - the very men who brought forth the First Amendment - have ever, ever imagined the U.S. Senate publicly voting against the United States in a war?

How could such a statement possibly help the nation's war effort? It seems intended to do the opposite.

And once and for all, senators will demonstrate - painfully, embarrassingly - that one cannot say he supports our troops but not what they're doing. The two are one and the same.

The vote is politically motivated - meaning Democrats are trying to score political points on the backs of our servicemen and women.

"Such a vote puts many Republicans in an uncomfortable position," says one news report.

Only if they let it.

It tells you something that in 2007, it actually takes chutzpah for members of Congress to come out in support of the United States in wartime!

The truth is, you don't have to support President Bush to support our troops. You may not agree with his decision to fortify our presence in Iraq, but all Americans should pull for them - and, yes, the strategy - now that the decision has been made.

The nonbinding resolution, ironically, would say that "it is not in the national interest." They don't know that. Nobody does. But what we do know is that the U.S. Senate would not be acting in the national interest by sending the loudest message yet to our enemies that we are divided and uncommitted to this fight.

And how cynical for the Democratic leadership to schedule the resolution's debate near the State of the Union address next Tuesday.

The state of the union, if the resolution in the U.S. Senate is any indication, is not good.

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