WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers divided over whether to keep U.S. troops in Iraq are finding common ground on at least one topic: They are furious that Iraqi politicians are considering a lengthy break this summer.Might it actually be dawning on our very-soon-to-be lame duck Representative in the 4th CD that our military's continued occupation of Iraq might never end if we wait until the leaders there actually take control of their own destiny?
"If they go off on vacation for two months while our troops fight -- that would be the outrage of outrages," said Rep. Chris Shays, R-Connecticut.
[...]Two months off will certainly give those fine Iraqi leaders time to practice waterskiing and work on their tans, while our brave troops continue to be killed.
Democrats contend that initiating troop withdrawals will pressure Iraqis into making the necessary political compromises. Republicans say the Iraqis could still refuse to work together and the consequence would be a blood bath.
The only area of agreement between the two sides is that the Iraqis are testing their patience.
"That is not acceptable," Sen. John Warner, R-Virginia, said of a two-month recess. "An action of that consequence would send a very bad signal to the world that they don't have the resolve that matches the resolve of the brave troops that are fighting in the battle today."
In recognition of the Iraqi Parliment's relentless committment to leisure, I give you The Go-Go's: