"Americans want a new direction in Iraq," Welch said in a speech on the House floor early Thursday afternoon. "The time has come to bring our troops home, with their heads held high, honored for a job well done." [...] Welch, who has vowed in the past not to support legislation that would provide additional war funding, defended his support for the compromise measure as a tactical way of maintaining pressure on President Bush to change his position on the war.
Of course, it's all part of Welch's strategy. (One hopes the Vermont voters will open their eyes enough to recognise his political posturing.) Welch says Americans want a change of course. No they don't - they want us out of Iraq (so do the Iraqis). He wants to honor the troops for a job well done. That's Welchspeak for supporting the troops. (He doesn't want to lose the pro-war Vermont Dem voters - you know, the chickehawk Keogh types - when he's up for re-election.) Peter Welch says he's against this war, but his vote yesterday still affirms a commitment to fund an immoral and illegal war and occupation.