This is in response to Kimberly L. Metcalfe's letter on June 15 blaming everyone but the Democrats for the Iraq war.
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On Oct. 10, 2002, the House of Representatives voted 296 for the war, 133 against. Of the 296 that voted for war, 215 were Republicans and 81 were Democrats. Of the 133 that voted against the war, 126 were Democrats, six were Republicans and one independent.
On Oct. 11, 2002, the Senate voted 77 for the war and 23 against. Of the 77 that voted for the war, 48 were Republican and 29 were Democrats. Of the 23 that voted against the war, 21 were Democrats, one a Republican, the other an independent. It is not that complex at all. If the Senate Democrats would have voted the party line in 2002 we would not have invaded Iraq in 2003.
At least five of those Democrats who voted for the war are running for president in 2008. Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Christopher Dodd, John Edwards and Charles Schumer are all ultra-liberal Democrats who voted for the war.
Also we have John Kerry, who can't decide what he voted for, and Harry Reid, who voted for the war but now says he is against it. Don't they belong on a list of ultra-liberal's to blame for this war in Iraq?
I believe that those mentioned above voted for future political motives at the expense of our military and economy. Just listen to them now on the campaign trail blaming President Bush for all the troubles in Iraq after they voted for the war, after more than 3,500 dead U.S. military personnel, more than 20,000 wounded and billions of dollars that have been sucked out of our economy.
I am a conservative who did not want to go to war in Iraq. I am neither Republican or Democrat. I take offense to Metcalfe's blaming only conservatives for the war in Iraq. Again, just look at who voted for the war in 2003. It is people like Metcalfe, both Democrats and Republicans who play playground politics, blaming everyone else and not taking any responsibility for their actions. One reason voters stay home during elections is because they are sick of being lied to by politicians.