Madison, Wisconsin, Votes on Iraq War
University of Wisconsin-Madison College Republicans President Jordan Smith urges all citizens of Madison to vote "No" today's Iraq War referendum:
[Excerpts:] This referendum has consequences. This will affect our soldiers’ morale and influence how we debate foreign policy in future elections and possibly influence policymakers’ decisions. . . .
If these referendums pass, then these referendums will begin popping up all across the country as a means of diminishing public support for this war, in addition to being a slap in the face to our military overseas. . . .
This referendum debate is not about whether we should have gone into Iraq in the first place. It is about how we handle the situation now that we are in Iraq and how we can make things better for the Iraqi people. . . .
If we pull the troops out of Iraq now, or before the Iraqis have the stable democracy they deserve, what are we accomplishing? Will this move make the world any safer for democracy and freedom? Will we prevent terrorism? What message will we be sending the world? . . .
We must remember the adage, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Iraq must have time to transition and rebuild. Our soldiers are doing valiant work and we need to support them. . . . [End]
Not surprisingly, the first comment:
What a surprise... Jordan defends a war that she refuses to fight in.
OK, Jordan, this is our second invitation. Be a Real American and a Real Republican! Really Support Our Troops! Enlist!