Editorial: Cowardly Vote

Cleveland, OH - The US Senate begins debate this week on a non-binding resolution condemning President Bush's plan to send an additional 21,000 troops to Iraq.  The proposal is entirely symbolic and in our view represents a colossal act of cowardice on the part of its sponsors, most of whom are running for president and scrambling to find a position where they can have their cake and eat it too.

Regardless of ones opinion on the war in Iraq, it's hard to justify support of a measure that opposes an escalation of the war but does nothing that would cut off funding for it.  The many Democrats and some Republicans who support the resolution are essentially telling our troops that they don't support the war - but they don't plan on voting to stop it either. Its not often we agree with Dennis Kucinich - but at least he and some others, including Ted Kennedy, have the courage of their convictions on this issue. If the Senate wants to oppose the troop surge, then they ought to have the guts to vote for a cutoff of the funding.