It’s nice to see that the Senate can come together and vote for important things
, though it’s sad that they needed the torture and murder of some soldiers to realize that amnesty for American killers is a bad thing.
By a vote of 79 to 19, the Senate voted to declare that it objects to any such amnesty. By 64 to 34, the lawmakers voted to commend the new Iraqi government for not granting amnesty.
Though they are deeply divided over what America should do in Iraq and how to get out, senators from both parties expressed anger and revulsion over reports that the two American soldiers who were abducted last week had been found tortured and killed.
Senator Bill Nelson, Democrat of Florida, voiced outrage over reports of "the tragedy that has been revealed," pointing to note initial reports that the two bodies had apparently been "mutilated and boobytrapped." Mr. Nelson was the author of the measure declaring the Senate's opposition to amnesty, while Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the second-ranking Republican in the chamber, sponsored the measure commending the Iraqi government.
Senator John W. Warner, the Virginia Republican who heads the Armed Services Committee, said the "mutilation of these two brave American soldiers" was yet another example of the "ferocity" of the conflict. But he said the lawmakers needed to be careful not to appear to "dictate" to the new Baghdad leadership.
Before the voting on the Nelson and McConnell measures, which took the form of amendments to a military spending bill, some senators expressed doubts over just what the Iraqi government had said about amnesty; those doubts may have been a factor in the 34 "no" votes that were cast. And political maneuvering may have been a factor as well: the 34 "no" votes on the McConnell measure were all cast by Democrats, while the 19 "no" votes on Mr. Nelson's proposal were from Republicans.
It needs to be made clear now, that anyone that kills an American soldier will be held accountable for it. There is no way we can conduct this war -- not that we are really conducting it well anyway -- if the people that we are fighting think that they are going to be granted amnesty by the new Iraqi government. Also, it seems that someone needs to slap a few Senators around and let them know that sometimes… sometimes it’s okay to vote for something authored by someone from the opposite party.
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