- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 22, 2007

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Noble:Senate Republicans, for voting down Sen. Jim Webb’s antiwar bill.

The Senate voted Wednesday on Mr. Webb’s amendment to the defense authorization bill. The amendment aimed to cut off deployment of troops to Iraq and Afghanistan until those on leave had spent as much time at home as they had on tour. In practice, though, the bill would have extended the tours of those already overseas and left the entire military short-staffed and incapable of continuing their mission.

Mr. Webb’s bill came up short of the 60 votes needed to pass, thanks in large part to Sen. John Warner and the rest of the Republican senators who voted against the legislation. During a previous vote, Mr. Warner voted for the amendment, but after testimony from Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, his vote was swayed. Of Mr. Webb’s legislation he said: “I’ve been convinced by those in the professional uniform that they cannot do it, and do it in a way that wouldn’t invoke further unfairness to other soldiers now serving in Iraq.”

Mr. Webb’s attempt at championing for the troops ironically would have put them in more danger and destroyed morale. An underequipped military is a surefire path to defeat.

For defeating a bill sure to undermine the military, Senate Republicans are the Nobles of the week.

Knave: The group of Montgomery County parents who protested military recruiters from visiting high school campuses.

One little postcard sent dozens of Montgomery County parents into a panic. The flyer — much like the kind colleges mail out to thousands of high schoolers every day — was sent to a student at Churchill High and indicated that an Army recruiter would be visiting the campus on Tuesday. Bright and early Tuesday morning, demonstrators flocked to the school to protest.

Their concern was that the Army recruiters have access to the same information that college recruiters do. Why they find the armed forces an inferior employment option is unclear, but beyond that, they don’t have any legal right to prohibit the recruiters from visiting the campus: schools that receive federal funding must allow military recruiters to visit. As fate would have it, the recruiter had a scheduling conflict.

For trying to prohibit military recruiters from visiting public schools, the parents of Montgomery County are the Knaves of the week.

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