Non binding resolution?

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I would submit that this resolution is binding. It binds the men and women serving in our military to remain as targets in Iraq.

http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/sections/news/060616_War_Resolution.pdf

“’Stay the course’ is not a strategy, it’s a slogan,” answered House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi as she called for a new direction in a war she labeled “a grotesque mistake.”
This IMO is the point the GOP leadership missed.
Rep. Vic Snyder, D-Ark., agreed, saying: “We should be having a debate and a discussion on how we will prevail, not just that we want to prevail.”


Obviously this was nothing more than an election year stunt. One would think that a Congress with a 20% approval rating in an election year would be about doing the peoples business. Instead the GOP controlled house is more interested in playing politics than actually accomplishing anything.
Sure enough, within two hours of the House vote, the Republican Senate campaign committee circulated news releases that said Rep. Harold Ford Jr., a Democrat running for an open Senate seat in Tennessee, and Rep. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat challenging Sen. Mike DeWine in Ohio, voted to “cut and run” from Iraq.
I sincerely hope that this backfires right in their face.
 

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It's non-binding in the sense that it makes no difference what the House of Representatives states. They have no power to either deploy or recall military personnel.
 
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I suspect nasty campaigns by both sides, but particularly those closest to Karl Rove. Rove and others will use the “cut and run” mantra, as well as the amendment to 'protect marriage'.

Interestingly, I heard a discussion today about the recent Supreme Court ruling that "protects evidence collected by police who fail to knock and announce themselves. But police professionals say they see no need to change their normal practices. They don't feel handcuffed by existing rules."

Police See No Change in Policy on Searches
by Nina Totenberg
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5493387

It would appear that conservatives who claim police have been hampered by the 'exclusion rule' are out of touch with reality. :rolleyes:
 
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Congress long ago mastered the art of the non binding resolution to give the voters the impression they were doing something about a publicly disturbing problem without actually committing themselves in any way.
 

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