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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Democrats/Times Reframing Iraq Debate to Mislead as Utter Defeat; what’s new?

According to that stalwart of balance and knowledge, the old gray poofter:

“As Congress reopened for business on Tuesday, the Democratic leadership promised to force a change in President Bush’s war strategy, and lawmakers maneuvered to frame the debate over Iraq ahead of reports next week by Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker.”

Democratic Majority Leader, Harry “this war is lost” Reid of Nevada is quoted by the toilet paper as saying:

“Many of my Republican friends have long held September as the month for the policy change in Iraq. It’s September. The calendar hasn’t changed. It’s time to make a decision. We can’t continue the way we are.”

I am pleased that Reid has finally gotten a grip on the calendar and date as it was only a couple of months ago that he wanted to charge full speed ahead in withdrawing from Iraq even though it wasn’t yet September; as he rightly says, “it hasn’t changed.”

“We can’t continue the way we are,” no, we can’t, but it should remain as it is if one of the minimal two choices is withdrawal and “ending the war” as though withdrawal ends anything.

As the toilet paper claims, the Dems aim to “reframe” the debate, which is just another way of saying what they have said for the better part of the Iraq theater, “the war is lost,” and regardless of any forward momentum on any subject that is the banner they will and do raise.

Elsewhere in the toilet paper the editorial board is up to it’s usual blinded by myopic vision and sticks it to the president; how unlike them:

Iraq is a long way to go for a photo op, but not for President Bush, who is pulling out all the stops to divert public attention from his failed Iraq policies and to keep Congress from demanding that he bring the troops home. As Americans and Iraqis continue to die — and Iraqi politicians refuse to reconcile — Mr. Bush stubbornly refuses to recognize that what both countries need is a responsible exit strategy for the United States, not more photo ops and disingenuous claims of success.”

What the bathroom tissue fails to see is its own stubborn refusal to recognize that both countries need a responsible strategy that can lead to the U.S. out of Iraq with a modicum of success that will ultimately lead to a more stable and functioning Iraq. Not more editorial “pieces” and disingenuous claims of defeat.

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