A House vote to label the century-old deaths of Armenians as genocide was in jeopardy Tuesday after several Democrats withdrew their support and sounded alarms it could cripple U.S. relations with Turkey.
Does it take a rocket scientist to see what’s going on here? After months (practically a year) of accomplishing squat, the Democrats are scrambling to make some sort of legislative impact.
Apparently, ruining ties with one of the only Middle Eastern countries that holds a half-way decent image of the U.S. is the best way to break new ground. But luckily, U.S. Democrats are realizing just how damaging such a resolution would be and many are pulling out of their previous endorsement of the measure:
The loss of support is a major setback to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, who have fiercely defended the resolution to Republicans and the Bush administration as a moral imperative in condemning the World War I-era killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks.
Ironically, condemning Saddam Hussein’s atrocities against his own people was also a moral imperative — one that Nancy and her buffoons were not willing to partake in. Is drudging up old ground really the best way to tout moral authority?
Of course not, but focusing on the WWI era distracts U.S. citizens from the lack of progress currently occurring in Congress, whilst enabling the Democrats to make an "impact" without actually having to sacrifice anything material (by focusing on the distant past — no matter what the cost).
"From my discussions with our military commanders and foreign policy experts, I believe that this resolution could harm our relations with Turkey and therefore our strategic interests in the region," Murtha, D-Pa., said in an e-mailed statement on Tuesday.
Thank goodness for those very sensible Democrats. More to come.