GOP Falsely Accusing Dems of Not "Supporting the Troops," When They're the Ones Who Have Voted Against the Troops' Best Interests

It's awfully stirring to see the patriotic Republicans rending their garments again because the Democrats are refusing to support the troops (as usual). But it's important that people not forget that they have quite a history of voting against the troops themselves. Remember this one?

The House today passed a $106 billion bill funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through September, as House Democrats backed President Obama despite misgivings among the ranks about his strategy in Afghanistan.
The 226 to 202 vote came after Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner had called some reluctant Democrats during the day imploring them to back the bill, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had strongly pressed her colleagues in a closed-door meeting to vote for the bill in a show of support for Obama, even if they oppose his strategy for increasing troops in Afghanistan. In the end, 221 Democrats voted for the bill, while 32 opposed it.
All but five Republicans opposed the bill.

And how about his one?

From Roll Call:
Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) accused Republicans of attempting to filibuster the Defense bill, which includes funding for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, in an effort to block work on the health care bill. [...]
Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (Ariz.) and other Republicans, however, sought to place the blame for the funding delay on Democrats, accusing them of dragging their feet in bringing the bill to the floor and arguing they are prepared to pass the bill.
“I find it rather curious that our colleague … is accusing Republicans of filibustering this Defense appropriations bill. Republicans don’t control the Senate or the House. The House just passed this bill Wednesday. Now, it could have been passed in October or September,” Kyl said, adding that, “We always vote for the Defense appropriations bill.”
Moments later, Kyl refused an attempt to pass the defense bill immediately by unanimous consent. Hours later, he voted against bringing the Defense bill to a final vote.
In a perfect world, the Republicans voting with Kyl would be forced to explain why they sought to kill the bill providing troop funding in the middle of two wars.

Unfortunately, since the Democrats never made a point of it, they continue to get credit for being the stalwart defenders of the boys in blue no matter what and carry on as if they have never in history played politics with the military. The American people have no idea that they do it all the time because nobody ever turns their cheap flag waving back on them when they do it.

Hullabaloo / By Digby | Sourced from

Posted at April 8, 2011, 5:29am

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