Monday, June 18, 2007

Political Points at Any Cost

Political Points at Any Cost
By Jeff Emanuel

If there is an illustration next to the word "gall" in the dictionary, the picture may very well be of the Congressional Democrat leadership, led (less than ably) by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (with Reps. Nancy Pelosi and Jack Murtha close behind).

Under Reid's political-victory-at-any-cost brand of "leadership," Congressional Democrats have done everything in their power to ensure America's defeat in Iraq, while simultaneously attempting to place the blame for the loss squarely on the shoulders of a President who either is unwilling to defend himself and the military for which he serves as Commander in Chief, or is incapable of doing so.

The process began in earnest soon after the 110th Congress convened, when, on the heels of the Senate's confirmation of General David Petraeus as commander of Multinational Forces in Iraq (MNF-I), both Democrat-controlled houses attempted to ram through nonbinding resolutions condemning the "troop surge" which had been requested by Petraeus, and which was a key component of President Bush's long overdue "new strategy" in that war.

Next, again going against the wishes of America's military leaders (something which Reid and others have constantly berated the President for supposedly doing), the Democrat Congress adopted the "slow bleed" tactic, which was designed to combine a multimillion dollar anti-military, anti-war campaign with legislative action that would slowly but surely deprive the warfighters on the ground in Iraq of the materiel they needed to prosecute the war, in hopes that, once they had run so low on funding, gear, and supplies that they could no longer effectively fight, President Bush would be forced to bring them home.

This unconscionable "strategy" -- simply turning off the spigot of supplies necessary to keep our men and women in harm's way alive and functioning, in hopes of forcing a political opponent's hand -- might have actually worked, had one Representative (Pennsylvania Democrat Jack Murtha) not made the abysmally foolish (and thankfully lifesaving) decision to go public with the plan. The reaction to this horrific plan was severe enough that the "strategy" had to be dropped -- at least for the time being.

Senator Reid did not allow that minor setback to stop him though:

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http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=11591

4 Comments:

Anonymous Les Ismore said...

Well, anyone that reads a newspaper knew this was coming.
Be warned that the architects of this war and its dead-end supporters plan to lie their way out of this war just as they lied their way into it -- now whipping up a "dust storm of rationalizations for their failures, imbecilities and lies much as the original entry into the conflict was floated on phoney claims about weapons of mass destruction and nonexistent ties between the past Iraqi regime and al Qaeda."

You see, it is not the responsibility of the people who have been in power for the last 7 years, it is the responsibility of those who have controlled one branch of our government for the last 6 months. Up is down!

Bringing accountability to the White House. No, these guys are looking to point fingers for their incompetence, just as they always have.

5:06 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

LES--I notice how you tap dance over the do-nothing Congress and the calumny and out-an-out indifference Murtha, Reid etc. have for our soldiers. You try and make this about Republicans, but it's not. It's very, VERY much about THE DEMOCRAT PARTY and their ability to totally trash our military--our country--solely for their own political gain.

It's complete selfishness on their part--and blindness on your part, LES.

6:40 PM  
Anonymous catfleas said...

Donal, you said it right! The Democrat party has been trashing everyone since they couldn't get another umpteenth, boring recount of chads in the Presidential election.

I can't believe they would destroy this beautiful country just because they are sore losers.

Dems are the "trashers" and I am a "trashee."

10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your comments remind me of what you said a couple of posts ago about DU and what we will be electing in '08. Just look at your comments and those in general.

- If you disagree with this administration, you are a terrorist sympathizer

- If you criticize this President or anyone in his cabinet, you are aiding and abetting the enemy.

- If you question his policies, fiscal, international, or domestic, you are a traitor in a time of war.

- You support a 'leader' who thinks the only ones who need to sacrifice anything in this global struggle are our troops and their families. Everyone else should just go out shopping.

- One of your revered commenters would enjoy executing people exercising their right to protest. Something countless Americans have fought and died for.

- If you say anything about Bush's war in Iraq, you are trashing the military.

- Anyone who wants to restore the Constitutional values that our brave men and women have fought for over the last 231 years is trying to destroy our country.

You see, everything you accuse the Dems of doing, your posters do, day in and day out. Thankfully I know that your posters represent the most extreme right wing of the Republican party. I know many good Americans who are Republicans who are repulsed by the actions of this administration and their abandonment of the principals of American democracy that have enshrined us around the world. So, why do you dance over the values that made America great?

3:32 AM  

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