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House Debate On War: "Nothing More Or Less Than Really A Charade"...



In yet another effort to capitalize on momentum from the death of terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Republican members of the House will try to put Democrats on the defensive today with a ten hour debate about a non-binding resolution, which, if passed, would declare "the United States Will Prevail In The Global War On Terror" and pledge that the US will complete its "mission" in Iraq.

Many lawmakers have already criticized the resolution because it unabashedly connects the Iraq war to the fight against terrorism and because the terms of the debate do not allow the resolution to be amended, nor for the presentation of alternative amendments. Two Republicans and three Democrats have declared they will not participate in the "political trap," while GOP Rep. Walter B. Jones said "this is more or less nothing than really a charade." Rep. McCotter (R-Mich.), a strong supporter of the war, called the resolution "strategically nebulous and morally obtuse," while Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.) expressed doubt that drawing attention to the GOP's most damaging issue is a wise political strategy.

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