posted on Jul, 16 2011 @ 02:09 PM
reply to post by LDragonFire
Iraq Use of Force Authorization -
House vote -
On Thursday, October 10, 2002, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 296-133
81 Democrats voted in support
Senate vote -
on Friday, October 11, 2002, the U.S. Senate voted 77-23
29 Democrats voted in support
All attempts by Democrats to add strings to the authorization were defeated not by Republican majorities, but because Democrats joined with the
republicans to vote the measures down (Carl Levin D-MI and his amendment comes to the forefront).
As far as Afghanistan goes -
House Vote -
On September 14, 2001 bill House Joint Resolution 64 passed in the House. The totals in the House of Representatives were: 420 Ayes, 1 Nay and 10
Not Voting (the Nay was Barbara Lee - D-CA).
Senate Vote -
On September 14, 2001 Senate Joint Resolution 23 passed in the Senate by roll call vote. The totals in the Senate were: 98 Ayes, 0 Nays, 2
Present/Not Voting (Senators Larry Craig - R and Jesse Helms - R).
2002 elections -
Control of the Senate -
51-49 Republican Majority
Control of the House -
229-204 (excluding Delegates) Republican majority.
If you pay attention to the resolutions authorizing the use of force and seeing which members voted which way, the Democrats are just as responsible
as the Republicans are for authorizing the use of force.
After the Democrats took control, they could have ended any and all military action by refusing to fund it, which you will notice they did not.
Prior to the 2002 elections the Senate was under the control of Democrats when Jim Jeffers left the REpublican party, became an Independant and
caucased with the Democrats.
If you take into account the number of Republicans who voted no on the Iraq use of force authorization, Democratic votes were essential to passing
If you look at the war on terror resolution (afghanistan) it was pretty much unanimous.
NIce try though on attempting to shift all blame to the Republicans. Typical partisan view point, which is whats wrong with the country today.