If you support the Democrats and are a Liberal or Progressive, I suppose that many people are giving Nancy Pelosi some breathing room in the hopes that she will see the light and put impeachment “back on the table”, but after reading this story and the subsequent fallout from Turkey, a NATO ally and a country that plays an important role in Bush’s War in Iraq - I’m convinced Pelosi is an abject failure as the Speaker of The House, and because of her decision to “take impeachment off the table”, many of “we the people” believe she has taken it upon herself to make a decision that is contrary to the will of the people that voted the Democrats into power. To state that Turkey played an important role in the logistics of supplying our troops and a host of other activities beneficial to the United States would be an understatement. The loss of Turkey as an ally, the use of their air space, the intricate and important aid they provide to resupply our troops in Iraq, if lost, will be extremely expensive as the U.S. scrambles to make other arrangements.
Pelosi says she’ll press on with Armenian ‘genocide’ resolution
* Turkey’s top general warns that ties with U.S. will suffer if resolution passes
* White House says labeling deaths genocide would harm relations in region
* Pelosi says “there has never been a good time” for this resolution
* Deportation of Armenians after WWI resulted in estimated 1.5 million deaths
WASHINGTON (CNN) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that she intends to move ahead with a vote on a resolution that labels the deaths of more than a million Armenians during World War I as genocide.
The resolution has strained U.S. relations with Turkey and drawn criticism from the Bush administration.
“This resolution is one that is consistent with what our government has always said about … what happened at that time,” Pelosi said on ABC’s “This Week.”
When asked about criticism that it could harm relations with Turkey — a key ally in the war in Iraq and a fellow member of NATO — Pelosi said, “There’s never been a good time,” adding that it is important to pass the resolution now “because many of the survivors are very old.” MUCH MORE
Further down in the article, Pelosi goes on to state:
When asked about criticism that it could harm relations with Turkey — a key ally in the war in Iraq and a fellow member of NATO — Pelosi said, “There’s never been a good time,” adding that it is important to pass the resolution now “because many of the survivors are very old.”
“When I came to Congress 20 years ago, it wasn’t the right time because of the Soviet Union. Then that fell, and then it wasn’t the right time because of the Gulf War One. And then it wasn’t the right time because of overflights of Iraq. And now it’s not the right time because of Gulf War Two.
At this point it probably appears that I’m backing Bush’s stance on the issue, and to a large degree, on this one narrow issue I am, but not for Bush’s stated reasons. I stand as one of Bush and Cheney’s most out-spoken critics, however, when we have thousands of U.S. troops in harms way and we’re engaged in a war on two fronts - supporting Bush isn’t the issue; the issue is timing, strategy, the safety and welfare of our troops and common-sense, something Pelosi and the rest of the numskull Congress whom support this measure are severely lacking!
My argument is that the Bill should have never been allowed to be introduced at this particular time in history. I understand this will not go over well in the Armenian community, and especially those that support this Bill - however, the timing is awful, no one evidently thought about the consequences of pushing through a Bill like this while Middle-East tensions are rising by the day, and whether we agree with Bush or not, common-sense issues demand answers that are appropriate, not irresponsible and hamper our efforts to soothe temperaments throughout a region that is volatile and ready into explode into chaos. Throwing fuel on the fire is irresponsible and contrary to our best interests; No, I’m not giving Turkey a pass because we desperately need their continued help and assistance - I’m simply stating that this is a matter that can be dealt with at a later date, and the introduction of this Bill when Congress is aware of Turkey’s importance in a two-front war smacks of rank incompetence on the part of Pelosi and those that introduced the Bill.
Ask yourselves this: Speaker Pelosi stated that “There’s never been a good time,” - “and it wasn’t the right time because of the Soviet Union. Then that fell, and then it wasn’t the right time because of the Gulf War One. And then it wasn’t the right time because of overflights of Iraq.” Is it the right time when we’re in the middle of a conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, and war with Iran is a real possibility in the very near future? As we lose allies that once supported us in Iraq, is it time to lose another ally, this time one as important as Turkey? Just because we needed to make a statement - and then chose the worst possible time to even allow it to be brought-up on the House Floor!
There are serious matters that this Congress should be concerned with, and halting our rapid decent into fascism and reigning-in a rogue President should trump any agenda that is not specifically geared toward the peoples effort to halt the Iraq War and return our country to its Constitutional requirements and beliefs. This is legislation that is ill-timed, and if anything, is designed to cause Bush even more trouble as we mobilize as a nation to rid ourselves of the tyrants that have squatted in the White House.
Democrats in Congress, instead of listening to the lobbyists and special interest groups, should listen to those few courageous Democrats that are attempting to represent the people, not the wealthy and corporate America. Look at what Dennis Kucinich said on Oct 12, 2007, in a speech to Congresso:
Now the people in the Administration of George Bush better remember their Miranda rights, because when I’m elected President I’m going to see that they are arrested. I’m not kidding here! I want to let you to know something; how I feel about what’s happened to our country. We have been led into a war based upon lies — an unjust a war. We’ve seen our civil liberties taken away because of lies. The President, the Vice President, the Secretary of State, and the Secretary of Defense are all part of this. They’re going to be held accountable under the law. If someone runs a traffic light, they’ll get a ticket here. There are a million dead Iraqis and almost 4,000 dead American soldiers as a result of this war. Where is the accountability? What’s happened is that our constitution is being torn up. MORE
It’s refreshing to know there are a few Democrats with a sense of what needs to be done to clean-up Washington and attempt to salvage our good name, bring home our troops, and work to reinvigorate America from within and rebuild our shattered economy.