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"The president needs a check and
a balance. This president hasn't had one, hasn't listened to others,
including his top military commanders, and it's about time he
did. And Congress, I think, has the responsibility, not just the
power, the responsibility to speak out and to change the course
when you have a failing course, which is what we're on in Iraq."
- Chairman of the Armed Services Committee,
Senator Carl Levin of Michigan "Meet The Press" 2/24/07
"The public is saying, 'We hired you to get out of Iraq -
now figure it out." -Tom Matzzie, Washington director
of the anti-war group MoveOn.org
Yup. And yup.
Coming up on six weeks now since Nancy Pelosi dragged the
kid-props up to the rotunda on Capitol Hill with her nifty gavel, and
she is, along with dozens of her fellow Democrat freshman congressmen,
officially full of shit. This shatters the Republican Revolution's record
set in 1995 by nine months, an amazing feat of deceit even by my low-ball
standards. Somewhere Newt Gingrich is green with envy. He is no longer
the king of shallow congressional promises. Long Live the Queen!
Why is Pelosi Speaker of the House? The Democrats control
Congress. Why do they control Congress? The Republicans have stunk up
the joint, spawned several deviants, and the Iraq occupation has turned
out to be one of the most egregious embarrassments in U.S. military history.
What did all of the Democrats promise if they took power? Make the president
accountable and force his hand in continuing this strategic atrocity.
Have they done this? No.
The collective reasoning? We tried, but there is too much
opposition from Republicans and not enough support or votes or a scintilla
of a sane idea or plan from us...yet. What a shocker! Campaign promises
gone awry. Wow. I am stunned. Democrats weak, unorganized and ill prepared?
Hard to fathom. Nothing is going to change? Holy Kick-Boxing Jesus you
can knock me over with a feather.
At the time of this writing, Congress has given up trying
to curtail this president's murderous folly to spike troop numbers into
an all-out civil war. This is bad news for voters (suckers) who sent these
lying sons of bitches to do the work of the American people in the first
place. As usual, the concept of voting has failed us, leaving the only
solution promoted by this space for close to a decade: Ready your muskets.
Man, I never tire of writing that. It rolls off the tongue
like "Be all you can be" or "Where's the beef?" or
"The greatest show on earth" and all the other hyped folderol
that separates us from our money or limbs.
How much longer before we have a draft, kiddies? How much
money is left in the coffers to dump into this suicide mission? How much
more damage can the architects of this four-plus-year fiasco be allowed
Christ we ask a lot of questions. Maybe we should just accept
this spectacular string of incompetence with a song and a smile. Well,
at least we finally have prominent employees of our government coming
to grips with the brutal truth we've been tossing around here for years
now: The mess in Iraq can no longer be rationally referred to as a war
but an occupation. The "stay the course" policy, while genuinely
hokey and broadly stupid, has registered nothing in the way of stabilization
much less victory, and whatever becomes of the chaos and destruction we've
ignited in Iraq if we abandon ship, it can no longer include American
lives without defining it as cold-blooded murder.
Senator Levin's impressive if not uneven appearance on "Meet
The Press" notwithstanding, we still have but a flaccid non-binding
resolution from the Democratic-controlled Congress and more cowardly filibustering
from wounded Republicans, and our Boy President still gets to push his
chips (military lives) onto the table blindly hopeful of dealing into
an inside straight.
I would give anything to be on Jack Murtha's payroll right
now. Just so I could see the crimson begin to fill his pallid features.
Oh, yes. It is an ugly sight, made uglier only by what is happening to
Ted Kennedy's exploding head.
"Iraq is going to be there - it's just a question
of when we get back to it," announced Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid this week.
All righty, then. Why doesn't Mr. Reid tell that to the
soon-to-be slaughtered kids ushered off to this meat grinder? Iraq may
still be there, but unfortunately they have no such guarantees.
And why don't those gutless Republican jack-offs who keep
blocking any debate on a diverse plan of attack join them. Mike Castle,
Howard Coble, Tom Davis, John Duncan Jr., Phil English, Wayne Gilchrest,
Bob Inglis, Sam Johnson, Ric Keller, Mark Steven Kirk, Steven LaTourette,
Ron Paul, Tom Petri, Jim Ramstad, Fred Upton, Jim Walsh, among others
are trading on more lives and tons of our tax dollars to save the obliterated
legacy of this aborted presidency. All of these men should never see another
term in the service of this country. And we will lend all of our undying
support and meager resources to seeing them destroyed.
I know why George Bush has to remain steadfast. As stated
ad nauseam in this space for years now, it's an all or nothing proposition
for him. Everyone with half a brain save Dick (keep your sunny side up)
Cheney -- insert your own joke here -- believe things will turn out well
if the clock were to buzz on this disaster. As long as Captain Shoo-In
keeps it alive, no one can say he officially lost. But this is the very
reason why the most nationally focused mid-term election since 1994 swept
in a new party, a party that ran crazy on anti-war rhetoric, but has come
up dismally short. And now, instead of some semblance of order, a lean
on the never-ending madness of King George, we have more of the same.
"House Democrats met for an hour and a half behind
closed doors trying to figure out what exactly the Democratic position
on Iraq is," says our pal, Tucker Carlson. "Democrats say, 'we
were elected on our position on Iraq', but isn't this the kind of thing
they should have thought through as a group maybe before the election?"
And once again we say...yup.
© James Campion March 4th 2007
(Meanwhile the soldiers get it both ends: The revelations about shoddy
facilities and wounded soldiers enduring long waits for treatment at Walter
Reed and other military hospitals have embarrassed the Army and the Bush
administration at a time when the White House is scrambling to shore up
eroding support for the Iraq war.) Ed. Source AP March 2nd
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