Passing the anti-surge resolution would be a slap in the face to the troopsThere's been much talk about the Congressional resolutions against the surge to oblivion ordered by The Decision Maker. Some are relieved that Congress is FINALLY debating seriously this war for the first time. Other complain that this non-binding resolution accomplishes nothing at all.
I'd argue that passing this resolution is actually worse than saying nothing at all. Why? Because it would undermine the troops.
Just not in the way you might think.
If passed, Congress will issue a statement saying the surge is a terrible idea, while insisting that they will continue to fund what they just called a terrible idea. If Congress is going to express the opinion that the surge will cost more American lives and can not possibly achieve anything in the absence of political will on the aprt of the Iraqis (which is clearly true), then how can Congressmen and Senators conceivably be complicit in funding what they consider to be suicidal operation?
Instead, Congress is telling the troops this mission is deadly and pointless but "reassuring" the soldiers that legislators will continue to fund it.
Hardly a way to support the troops!