A New Way Backward
In an excellent piece written yesterday in the New York Daily News, Mike Lupica stated the inarguable:
"This is all about the men and women running one of the worst and weakest administrations in American history trying to save face now. And the soldier from upstate New York [who was interviewed for the piece] - who went over there with his 9/11 ideals the way so many of them did that first summer, in a period when Bush and Vice President Cheney and then-Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld started losing a war they told the world they were winning in a breeze - does not want to go back and get blown up by some road side bomb for that".
In his pathetic speech to the nation last night, the First Fool said, "Where mistakes have been made, the responsibility rests with me." Read that to mean, I'm going to be man enough to take the blame for the mistakes of others. It was a mistake to trust the judgement of the Iraqi government (such as it) and allow them to have a say in military tactics. It was a mistake to listen to the advise of Rumsfeld and go into the country with so small an army. It was a mistake to let the Shiites execute Saddam Hussein on a high Muslim holy day - and on and on and on. What he did not say - and what has been obvious to every thinking person on the planet earth for almost four years now - was that it was a mistake - a tragic, dreadful blunder of historic proportions - to invade Iraq to begin with. That mistake was Bush's and Bush's alone. Don't hold your breath waiting for that admission.
And now he plans on sending another twenty thousand-plus kids into this holocaust he's created???
"Fetch me that gin, son, 'fore I tan your hide!"
It won't work. Any hope of winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people (and it was never more than the slimmest of hopes in the first place) was squandered long ago. The Democrats must be made aware that we're watching their every move. We, the people, gave them control of the House and Senate for one primary reason: to end this obscene war. On Sunday morning, Joe Biden actually said on Meet The Press that he believed defunding the war would be "unconstitutional". Might someone explain to him that the main function of the legislative branch of our government is to provide oversight on the executive? As a matter of fact, it's mandated. If he continues to utter such nonsense, he might as well kiss his presidential aspirations goodbye.
The time has come to show a little political courage, folks! The longer the Dems let this thing drag on, the harder it will be for them in 2008 - and I'm not talking about the general election - I'm talking about the primaries. One of the most pathetic players in all of this has been Hillary Clinton. Late in the day, after she had thoroughly tested the political winds, she finally came out against escalation. That's showing real political courage, alright! If the Democratic Party is foolish enough to give her the nomination next year, they'll deserve everything that happens to them. At least it's obvious that Ted Kennedy (God bless him) has read his late brother's 1956 Pulitzer Prize winning book. I strongly suggest they all do so.
The unnamed soldier interviewed by Lupica for yesterday's Daily News piece bluntly told him, "You want to put me back in uniform and march me back into Baghdad, then you've got to do better than our President has in telling me why, telling me what this month's plan is, what our goals really are. Because those have never been defined, not for the people on the ground, and for that I don't believe I can continue to support this lunacy."
Indeed. Who among us can rationally continue to support this lunacy?
Pray for peace.