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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Senator Satveer Chaudhary - al Qaida's Minnesota Senator of the Year?

At virtually every event he spoke at during the last campaign Senator Satveer Chaudhary demonstrated his considerable talent as a one-man brass band when it came to tooting his own horn.

Just about every time a question was posed to the Senator he would preface his vacuous or evasive answer with a statement relating how proud he was about being named "Senate Obstructionist of the Year", "Legislator with a Size 11 or Larger Shoe of the Year", "Carbon-based Life Form of the Week", "Honorary Gay Lover of a Governor of the Decade", "Tax Raiser of the Millennium" or some similarly impressive sounding platitude by one liberal special interest group or another.

Since his unfortunate re-election, the Senator continues to build upon his legacy of lameness. His recent co-authorship of Minnesota Senate Resolution SF1037 ("Resolution for opposing escalation of United States troops in Iraq") puts him near the top of the competition when it comes to emboldening the enemy and/or demoralizing our troops.

I want to make it clear that I am not questioning the Senator's patriotism. I am, however, calling to attention what I consider to be a severe lack of judgment on his part that, even though unintended, results in undermining the war effort and therefore the security of the country.

The resolution, which more accurately could be titled "A resolution that crassly plays politics and emboldens America's enemies while demoralizing its troops while having nothing to do with the business of the Minnesota State Senate" is a shameful load of horse crap that is in no way relevant to the job Senator Chaudhary and his colleagues in the Minnesota Senate were elected to do:
SF1037 - Resolution for opposing escalation of United States troops in Iraq

Senate Authors:
Lourey; Erickson Ropes; Chaudhary; Olson, M.; Kubly

A resolution opposing escalation of United States troops in Iraq.

WHEREAS, the President has proposed an escalation in the number of United States troops deployed in Iraq; and

WHEREAS, United States involvement in Iraq has resulted in the deaths of more than 3,000 United States soldiers and the wounding and disabling of more than 22,000 United States military personnel to date; and

WHEREAS, this proposed escalation will further extend National Guard tours in Iraq; and the costs to the states of the call-up of National Guard members for deployment in Iraq have been significant, not only as reckoned in lost lives, combat injuries, and psychic trauma, but also in disruption of family life, interruption of careers, damage to the fabric of civic life in our communities, and financial hardship for individuals, families, and businesses; and

WHEREAS, American troops have valiantly upheld their duty in Iraq under dire circumstances; and

WHEREAS, more than $357 billion has been appropriated by Congress to fund military operations and reconstruction in Iraq to date, money that could fund desperately needed education, health care, housing, nutrition, and other social services in our communities in the United States or humanitarian assistance abroad; and

WHEREAS, previous budgets that have prioritized Iraq have led to cuts in critical block grants for states and have increased the federal debt, which, compounded by interest payments, will likely lead to even larger cuts in funding for critical needs in the states; and

WHEREAS, polls show that the vast majority of Americans do not support increasing the number of troops in Iraq; and

WHEREAS, most military experts oppose escalation in Iraq, and press reports indicate that even the Joint Chiefs of Staff have opposed such a strategy; and

WHEREAS, legal experts on all sides have determined that Congress has not only broad authority but a long tradition of limiting escalation or forcing redeployment of troops through the constitutionally designated power of the purse;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the State of Minnesota, on behalf of its citizens, urges that in a period when the Iraq Study Group, leading military and diplomatic officials, and allies around the world are calling for a reduction in troops and withdrawal of the United States from Iraq, the United States government should not escalate its involvement in Iraq or increase troop levels; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, at a minimum, the President should obtain explicit approval from Congress if he wants to send more American troops to Iraq.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Congress should pass legislation prohibiting the President from spending taxpayer dollars on an escalation in Iraq unless he first seeks Congressional approval.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of State of the State of Minnesota is directed to prepare copies of this memorial and transmit them to the President of the United States, the President and the Secretary of the United States Senate, the Speaker and the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, the chair of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, the chair of the House Committee on Armed Services, and Minnesota's Senators and
Representatives in Congress.
Time out for some perspective.

The Minnesota Senate has about the same role in our national defense as a local chapter of the Cub Scouts. In fact, if the chips are down I'd have more confidence in the Cub Scouts to do the right thing than in most of the doofuses in the Minnesota Legislature. At least the Cub Scouts don't use their organization as a vehicle to promote a political agenda at the expense of the morale and well-being of the soldiers who put their lives on the line to defend this country. SF1037 is nothing more than the a pandering to liberal political supporters through the currently fashionable practice of harassing the President.

The enemy knows that there is no way they can defeat the soldiers of the American military, and have concluded that the only way they can win is if the US Military is restricted or removed from the conflict through political decisions in the United States. Although unintended, the actions of Senator Chaudhary and others of his ilk are indirectly providing aid by directly providing emboldenment to our enemies. At the same time, our soldiers are being asked to maintain their morale and will to fight when they see how elected officials at home are undermining them.

In the past few days I have discussed this resolution and its impact on the war effort with a couple of members of our military who have recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan (and will probably be going back in the near future). Both of these brave men are bound by their duty as soldiers not to make a public comment on government policy, but both indicated that they believed this resolution and others like it, at best, not helpful to them in their duty of defending this country. They also indicated that they believed such resolutions and the segment of public opinion that gets influenced by them, may very well embolden the enemy to stage spectacular atrocities in order to further encourage public disenchantment with the war effort.

I'll try to sum things up in a form that mimics the bureaucratese typical of legislative bodies such that a career bureaucrat, even a dullard like Senator Chaudhary, can understand it:
WHEREAS, our country is at war, a war we did not start or ask for.

WHEREAS, the enemy, collectively identified as Islamic Extremists, has declared war on the US and our traditional allies. These bastards are ruthless, are not bound by international conventions or rules of engagement, and more often than not cowardly attack civilian targets so as not to go up against our military, which is the finest and most capable in the history of the world.

WHEREAS, the assault on the US homeland and its citizens, soldiers, interests, and allies by our enemies will not stop if we unilaterally decide not to engage in the war or, as in the past, attempt to deal with it as a law enforcement problem. The US has no option but to win this war decisively in order to preserve our freedom, culture, and way of life.

WHEREAS, the war has multiple theaters and facets, and is being fought through use of multiple and diverse entities (military, legislative, intelligence, financial, diplomatic, information technology, public opinion).

WHEREAS, the President of the US is sole Constitutionally charged Commander-in-Chief of the military. The President consults with the US Congress, military leaders, and civilian experts, but the final decision with regard to how the military is used to defend the country rests exclusively with the President.

WHEREAS, the US Congress is Constitutionally charged with authorizing the President to enter into a war and for authorizing the financial assets of the government, which are provided by the people, to support the operation of the military as directed by the President.

WHEREAS, the Congress duly authorized the President to enter into the current war after the country was attacked on September 11, 2001. The Congress has the continuing duty to fund the war effort and advise the President but, other than authorizing the funding, has no direct Constitutional power to dictate how the war is prosecuted.

WHEREAS, the Congress is answerable to the citizens of the country, via the ballot box, for their actions or inactions in funding the war effort or legislative actions that help or hinder the President in prosecuting the war.

WHEREAS, the military operation in Iraq is currently the most visible and hotly contested by the enemy of the military engagements in this war. Our military is methodically destroying the enemy in Iraq (as well as in Afghanistan and other places) to protect this country and its citizens, with many of our soldiers paying the ultimate price by sacrificing their lives or sustaining horrible injuries.

WHEREAS, there is a interaction between what occurs in the war with respect to the the various military and non-military entities. Success or failure in a given area often influences the success or failure in another. The net progress toward the goal of winning the war is determined by complex, non-linear interaction between the entities--the gains made by a tremendous military victory can be more than offset by a loss in another facet such as public opinion support (or lack thereof) for the President and for the war.

WHEREAS, the Minnesota Senate is a legislative body limited to enacting laws that govern the State of Minnesota. This body has absolutely no legitimate role in determining the course of action with regard to the defense of the nation beyond that of the private citizens.

WHEREAS, the Minnesota Senate and its members, such as Senator Chaudhary and the other co-authors and supporters of Minnesota Senate Resolution SF1037, have the responsibility to represent the interests of the people of their district and are answerable to the people of their district for lapses in judgment and/or poor decisions while in office.

WHEREAS, Minnesota Senate Resolution SF1037, in addition to being outside the scope of legitimate actions of the Minnesota Senate, can serve no constructive purpose in promoting victory in the war and can very well embolden and strengthen the will of our enemies while demoralizing our own soldiers and degrading the support of the American people for the war effort.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED Senator Chaudhary and the others who have anything to do with Minnesota Senate Resolution SF1037 owe our Commander-in-Chief, the people of Minnesota, and especially the brave members of the US Military a huge apology.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED Senator Chaudhary and the others who have anything to do with SF1037 immediately withdraw the resolution from consideration and publicly admit to a severe lapse in judgment for creating the resolution in the first place.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Minnesota Senate as a body publicly censure those responsible for SF1037 and enact Senate rules that expressly prohibit the introduction of resolutions outside the legitimate scope of the Minnesota Senate.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the people of Senate Districts represented by those responsible for SF1037 decisively vote these people out office at the earliest opportunity.
As a resident of Senate District 50 I intend to do all that I can to see to it that the final point of the above resolution is carried out in the case of Senator Chaudhary and encourage others to do the same.

It would be a shame to reward this career politician who has done such a pitiful job with another term to the District 50 senate seat, or any other office for that matter. It would also do him some good to have to get a job within the private sector where he would have to produce something of value to earn his livlihood.


Blogger G-Man said...

Senator Chaudhary and his comrades are emboldening our enemies with moral support. In doing so they are actively seeking to endanger our troops and our allies in Iraq. Further, by emboldening our enemies, they are actually EXTENDING the war. Finally, Chaudhary and company are desperately seeking defeat by advocating for our surrender to these terrorists. This does not sound patriotic to me!

3/26/2007 10:43 PM  

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