Monday, May 21, 2007

Cut 'n' Run Deja Vu

Putting the War on Waivers--the Latest Dem Duck and Cover
By James S. Robbins

Now we have the latest rage (in war management): consequences with waivers. In various versions of this approach (and according to the Dems), a bill will be passed with timetables, metrics, or whatever, and the president will have the option of waiving the consequences should they come into play.

A deadline is reached? Waive it. A milestone is not met? Ignore it. The beauty of this approach, from the point of view of a Democrat-controlled Congress, is that they can adopt a penalty-free moral posture. Which is to say, whatever the novelties they load into the bill to score political points, they don’t have to worry that they will actually be implemented because the president is certain to waive them. So they get the credit for having done something, and can wash their hands of whatever the president actually does. Beautiful.

But will the waivers gimmick pass muster with the White House? It is non-threatening, does not tie the president’s hands, would have no impact whatever if the waivers were used. More importantly it allows Congress to fund the war without taking responsibility for it. Those who oppose the war can say that the bill they voted for contained timetables or milestones or metrics, and that but for the presidential waiver these would be in place.

So the war as it actually exists is not their fault; they envisioned a different, better path. Indeed had it not been for the use of waivers the war might be over by now… You can see how the talking points would go.



Anonymous z said...

the Dems in congress have PRINCIPLES? Who SAID?

This guy nails just shows the Dems are much more interested in power and dodging any responsibility then they are our kids in Iraq...hiding under the guise of bringing them home so more don't have to die over there. I find this terribly sad.

We're there, we have to finish it (according to most of our soldiers, some of whom are reupping to accomplish that purpose), we have to give them what they need, and we have to work closer with the government, behind the scenes (without the NY Times getting wind and blowing every single strategy we could muster), to get enough Iraqis up and running that THEY can take over, and enough politicians concerned enough about their country to do what's necessary.

7:38 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

I was appalled when I saw it...

7:46 AM  
Anonymous tom said...

i've never heard of anything so damn dumb and cowardly...

7:54 AM  
Anonymous Les Ismore said...

Well, the reason the milestones have no teeth is because Our Leader wont allow it. My daughter's teacher has to reach more milestones with NCLB than the Iraqi government. Talk about a sick bunch of priorities. How about it Repubs? Teachers need to be more accountable than the government our kids are dying for?

10:39 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

LES--What on earth are you talking about? Teachers can't operate like our gov and vice versa...

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Les Ismore said...

Teachers and their schools have to reach milestones and benchmarks or funding is cut off. Why cant we do the same for the Iraqi government?

3:12 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

LES--Because Iraq isn't an elementary school. (And it's not as if our schools are doing that great a job--they aren't, so their 'benchmarks' are worthless.

6:18 PM  

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