Resolution Shows Congress Has The Spine Of A Jellyfish

In the last session I went to the floor for 58 hours of special orders that I did almost exclusively by myself, many of them on Iraq. It is a very complex issue, and one that I think many members haven't grappled with all the aspects of. That's why we see this debate not defining this thing or bringing it down to a consensus.

The people that are supporting this resolution deny any responsibility for the three million who died in the aftermath of Vietnam. They also say they have a constitutional responsibility and authority to micromanage a war. I disagree with that abruptly.

That constitutional authority does not exist; it's in the hands of the commander in chief. So the consequences of lack of will to succeed in this war add up to a long string of Congress losing its will. It lost its will in Vietnam, and then we pulled the troops out of Lebanon and we pulled them out of Mogadishu, and Clinton pulled out of Haiti, also because of the threat of violence.

So what we'll hear after this resolution--and it'll pass, and maybe after Jack Murtha (D-Pa.) brings some of those "unfund our military" appropriations--we will see Osama bin Laden surface. He will say "if we continue attacking Americans, they're already leaving Iraq. Now they've left Vietnam, Lebanon, Mogadishu and Iraq." That will be his battle cry, and Afghanistan will become the next epicenter of the War on Terror, rather than Iraq right now.

If we don't succeed in Iraq we're going to be fighting in Afghanistan. If I'm counting on the people in this Congress, and listening to what they have to say, they have the spines of jellyfish and we'll have to capitulate in Afghanistan as well.