"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Senate Repudiation of Bush Troop Increase - Some Quotes

From DeMediacratic Nation at Townhall:

When the going gets tough, just back down!

To Quote a statement from CNN:

"the revised policy involving a war that has lasted nearly four years, claimed the lives of more than 3,000 U.S. troops"
I'm somewhat surprised CNN said the war "has lasted nearly four years," V.S. "nearing the fifth year...." Be sure to keep an eye/ear out as we close in on the end of the fourth year....it will change to "in the fifth year...." This is how it was referred to last year; the msm did not have time to keep it correctly at three years...most references were this was the fourth year.
(The legislation is) "not an attempt to embarrass the president. ... It's an attempt to save the president from making a significant mistake with regard to our policy in Iraq." - Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Delaware
Hey "Slow Joe" - what the president is doing is not an attempt to embarrass the Senate; he is just trying to save you all from continuing your significant mistake with regard to your policy in Iraq. Not sure what your policy is other than to get out, but...
"I am not confident that President Bush's plan will succeed," - Sen. Richard Lugar R-Indiana
Not competent? Oh, sorry, Sen. Lugar is not confident, which I guess means.....something of significance?
"There is no strategy. This is a pingpong game with American lives. These young men and women that we put in Anbar province, in Iraq, in Baghdad are not beans; they're real lives. And we better be damn sure we know what we're doing, all of us, before we put 22,000 more Americans into that grinder." - Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-NE
I agree, we had better make damned sure we know what we're doing when we up and pull out...sorry 'phased redeployment.' Now there is a positive/supportive victory motivated statement.
"I wonder whether the clock has already run out," - Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.
I wonder about you too. Shouldn't you know? What, you're just guessing? You mean you don't know anything for sure? Shouldn't you then speak more forcefully as though you do, like the Democrats?
"I think all of us are talking about a phased redeployment which would leave American troops in the region to send a strong message, not only to the Iraqi government that we want to help them, but also to neighbors, like Iran, that we're not abandoning the field." - Sen. Barack Obama D-IL
"Troops" in the region...where? Iran won't see us as "abandoning the field?" "Strong message?" Um, yeah, this would be an extremely forceful message to Iran.....? Wouldn't remaining in the region (between borders in a place called Betwixt), be seen as an "occupation?" Can't we just continue talking? Maybe it will all just work itself out? Might we consider "Betwixt" a U.S. territory/possession and if so would it be exempt from increases in the minimum wage?

I read nothing but defeat; not in Iraq, but in our leaderships(?) comments. They know nothing and likely never will, at least not until they think for themselves rather than just working toward remaining employed.


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