Menendez On Iraq Vote: Republicans Must Answer Whether Or Not They Support The President's Escalation

Menendez On Iraq Vote: Republicans Must Answer Whether Or Not They Support The President's Escalation

Washington - United States Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today released a statement regarding the Senate's current debate about the Iraq war.

"In soaring speeches, President Bush, the vice president, and their Republican allies invoke the 'will and courage' of the American people," Menendez said. "They say if the American people have the 'will and courage' to persevere in Iraq, then we can succeed militarily. This administration, fails to understand that this war is not just about 'will and courage' - it is also about wisdom and clarity of judgment; traits that have been sorely lacking in this administration.

"No one should doubt the will of the American people," he said. "In fact, they expressed their will last November - a point that seems to elude members of this chamber. The American people have the will. They have the nerve. What they no longer have, is patience with this administration and their continued failure in Iraq. And they no longer have patience with members of this body who say they oppose the escalation, but act differently when it's time to be counted.

"The Bible tells us that we should let 'our yes be our yes, and our no be our no,' Menendez said. "The Republicans would like to have it both ways - they'd like their 'yes' to mean 'no' and their 'no' to mean 'maybe.' They are strident on the cable news shows, but cut and run on the floor of the Senate when it is time to back up their talk with votes. There is only one question to answer today: do you support the President's plan to escalate the war? Period. Any attempt to divert that question is pure evasion and parliamentary retreat."

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