"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, May 03, 2007

Fashion Tips for Compromise on Iraq Spending – post veto

Of the recent spending vetoed by the president, presidential aspirant Barack Obama took to a leadership role and had this definitive statement:

‘“I don’t know whether there are sufficient options out there. I’m concerned about simply putting in advisory benchmarks that the president is free to ignore, without any consequences.”’

I don’t know what we can do other than tie the presidents hands and damn the consequences.

Harry “Vichy” Reid said:

‘“The bill that we sent him was a bill that was representative of the wishes of the American people, and we’re going to keep that in mind as we go through these negotiations. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s important.”’

That’s right Harry we’re all spineless. Tough talk from the Majority Leader comes in the form of the fights here at home, not abroad.

Adding to the integrity of the debate is Chuck Schumer with:

‘“I think that is not as much the problem as how to do something that has some integrity and yet the president still signs.”’

Integrity made all the more difficult when lacking any.

Paraphrased and attributed to Schumer by the Times, he said:

“Democrats would not fall into the trap of being blamed for cutting off money for the armed forces.”

Don’t play the Dems for being seen as cutting off money to end the Iraq battle; they want an end to it, but refuse to actually take a stand and end it. Cutting funding is all the more difficult to slip away from, whereas using the twists of integrity can be attributed more easily to someone else.


"Truth and wisdom are anchors. They cannot be made to dance very well," from The Anchoress, Anchors And Dance

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