Load of spines needed for Congress;

| January 31, 2007

Two stories this morning, one by Charles Hurt in the Washington Times, the other by Jonathan Weisman and Shailagh Murray in the Washington Post are reporting on the absolute cowardice in Congress.

Hurt recounts how Senators who were for the surge are suddenly against it;

“We don’t have enough troops in Iraq,” Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, said in 2005.
    In 2004, he told NBC’s Tim Russert some things he believes “very deeply.”
    “Number one, we cannot fail,” Mr. Kerry said. “I’ve said that many times. And if it requires more troops in order to create the stability that eliminates the chaos, that can provide the groundwork for other countries, that’s what we have to do.”

Now, Joe Biden;

 In June 2005, he said, “There’s not enough force on the ground now to mount a real counterinsurgency.”
    “They’re going to need a surge of forces,” he said in another interview.
    By last week, Mr. Biden had reversed his war strategy.
    “The president and others who support the surge have it exactly backwards,” he told reporters.

Linguine-spined Harry Reid;

“If it is for a surge — that is, two or three months and it’s part of a program to get us out of there as indicated by this time next year — then sure I’ll go along with it,” said the Nevada Democrat who voted for the war in 2002. “If the commanders on the ground said this was just for a short period of time, we’ll go along with that.”
    After Mr. Bush laid out his plan to increase troops, the Democratic leader flatly rejected it.
    “The surge is a bad idea,” Mr. Reid said on CNN’s “Late Edition.”

Of course, the Washington Post, in keeping with it’s unwritten editorial policy of focusing on rifts among Republicans titles their piece “For GOP, Discord In Dissent on Iraq”, but the misleading title leads to a story about Republicans scrambling to come together with Democrats in a way that would support the “surge”. Oh, yeah they mention a couple of the “usual suspects” like Specter, Snowe, Sununu who are doing their best to act like Democrats all of the time, but generally their are comments like this;

“The worst thing would be for the Senate by 60 votes to express disapproval of a mission we are sending people to lay down their lives for,” said Sen. Jon Kyl (Ariz.), a member of the Republican leadership.

I understand that Republicans are trying to waterdown the nonbinding resolution, but they ought to just let the Democrats write the whole damn thing and vote a partyline vote against it and let the Democrats stand there with egg on their stupid ghastly faces when “the surge” is successful.

Democrats, who are united in their desire to stop the escalation, are regarding the Republican divisions with some glee. “You cannot have a resolution that is both meaningless and undercuts the troops. That’s impossible. Their position is totally inconsistent,” said Rep. Rahm Emanuel (Ill.), a member of the House Democratic leadership.

Let them be gleeful for now. As long as they suffer from Bush Derangement Syndrome, let them party their stupid asses off for two years. They’ll look like idiots the day after the election.



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