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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Commending the UK

While I am very proud to be an American, and could desire no other nationality to be my birthright, I very much love Britannia. I am very glad that the United Kingdom has long been our steadfast ally, and that the UK has stayed with us in the War On Terror. Britain has a long and fine tradition of fighting for freedom and standing strong in the face of tyranny.

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So, I was happy to see this:


2d Session

H. RES. 989

Commending the United Kingdom for its efforts in the War on Terror, and for other purposes.



September 7, 2006

Mr. Poe submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations



Commending the United Kingdom for its efforts in the War on Terror, and for other purposes.

Whereas on August 10, 2006, British police arrested 24 people for plotting to commit acts of terror on trans-Atlantic flights;

Whereas as of August 31, 2006, 12 citizens have been charged for their roles in the terror plot, including eight citizens charge with conspiracy to murder;

Whereas United Kingdom authorities acted swiftly and decisively to prevent a horrific attack on scores of innocent people;

Whereas the United Kingdom and the United States have been close allies in not only two World Wars and Operation Desert Storm, but also the Global War on Terror;

Whereas the intelligence and military communities of the United Kingdom and the United States continue to work together to win the Global War on Terror;

Whereas the threat of terrorism is a grave concern for all nations, regardless of geographical or other boundaries;

Whereas acts of terror have profoundly affected citizens across the globe, including those in Bali, Turkey, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States; and

Whereas victory in the Global War on Terror is a necessity to ensure the liberty and safety of all people: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) commends the law enforcement authorities of the United Kingdom on their action to prevent a terrible attack from occurring;

(2) commends the intelligence community of the United Kingdom for its outstanding work in identifying the citizens seeking to carry out this plot;

(3) condemns those that would use acts of violence against innocent civilians to spread a message of hate and intolerance; and

(4) urges the allies of the United States in the Global War on Terror to remain steadfast in the execution of this important mission.


It was a nearly unanimous vote. Out of 415 votes cast, 412 were yeas and 3 were nays. Thirteen members of the House did not vote.

No surprise: the only 3 nays were LIBERALS. Their names are Kucinich, McKinney, and Hinchey.

You can read the roll call here.

Bravo to the House of Representatives for showing an (almost) united front in commending our longstanding ally, the United Kingdom.

And, thank you, United Kingdom, for once again showing the strength that is Britannia. God save you.

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