Just a quick note:
Five Republicans voted alongside their Democrat counterparts to pass a war supplemental bill that will provide up to $108 billion to the International Monetary Fund. Those House GOP members:
- Anh “Joseph” Cao (LA)
- Peter King (NY)
- Mark Kirk (IL)
- John McHugh (NY)
- Candace Miller (MI)
To be fair, Republicans indeed did put political pressure on congressional Democrats during the Bush administration to pass war funding bills then, but at that time the issue for the Democrats was whether or not we should be involved in a Global War on Terror in the first place. The issue now is quite different — as I wrote about a week ago today in The Essential IMF Debate, we’re simply not sure where the IMF money would be going.
If these five Republican representatives are fine with voting in favor of a war supplemental that could directly fund those opposing our forces overseas, that’s on them. Personally, I couldn’t do it. And personally, I think that the GOP should have made a much, much larger stink over the Democrats insistence that the IMF funding be included despite knowing that the American taxpayer money could very well directly fund terrorism across the globe.
This was a major issue which the GOP could have used to distinguish itself from the Democrats. It contained traces of all of the left’s prominent political weaknesses — the economy, reckless spending, and national security. Instead, not only was this not shouted to the rooftops, but five House GOP members actually voted in favor of it.
Missed opportunity here, big time.