Put Up, or Shut Up!
"I've come to not only look you in the eye, I also come to tell you that when America gives its word, it keeps its word."
"A lack of guts,
pure and simple;
if you believe it, vote it,
don’t weasel out by accusing the Republicans
of calling you ‘unpatriotic’.."
Hooah for the Republican leadership for asking the Democrats to take their own rhetoric seriously. It happened last November, on the eve of a historic democratic election in Iraq, when the rantings of Representative John Murtha, amounting to "immediate withdrawal", launched him into the role of media darling and subsequent Code Pink Award recipient. So House Republicans called for an "immediate vote", to see if the Democrats really believe in their own hot air. Apparently not: 403-3.
As in last November when Murtha mouthed-off his cut-and-run strategery, President Bush was overseas and elections were about to happen in Iraq; so too this past Tuesday, President Bush was again overseas when John "(did you know that he served in Vietnam?)" Kerry had this to contribute in the wake of success and progress in Iraq:
John Kerry also drew comparisons between Iraq and Vietnam (not suprisingly). Kerry and those like-minded Congressional leaders, keep proposing a "cut-and-run" strategy, while being offended when it is called out for what it is.
"We were misled, we were given evidence that was not true," Kerry said. "It was wrong, and I was wrong to vote [for it]."
So this brings us to Senator Mitch McConnell introducing a measure inspired by John Kerry's proposal, and which was voted on Thursday. Senate lawmakers decided 93 to 6, to shelve an amendment calling for the withdrawal of most troops by end of year. Only a total of 6 votes against: Kerry, Feingold, Boxer, Byrd, Kennedy, and Harkin.
Today, the House voted on House Resolution 861, declaring that the U.S. will prevail in the global war on terror; and now ¾ of the House Democrats are on record voting against victory in war. And many of the statements coming from the Democrats just floors me.
Sad and brilliant all at once.
I am holding optimism for Diana Iney. Let Jack Murtha continue his drumbeat of defeatism. What he doesn't realize, is that while he is enjoying the cheers and celebrity status from the Code Pink crowd, the defeatist drumsong that he is hearing is that of his own death knell in November.
I just found this worth a chuckle: Muslims for Kucinich. Perhaps cleric Abu Bakar Bashir would like to invite Congressman Kucinich to embrace Islam, as he has so magnaminously invited Prime Minister Howard and President Bush to convert or go to hell?
I will not call the Democrats unpatriotic; just misguided. But tell me, how does one rationalize that the statements of U.S. Congressional lawmakers (like letters by Kucinich to Bush and Rumsfeld) does not have the power to inflame, incite, and give aid and comfort to the enemy? Scroll to the bottom, where it frames the Kucinich letters this way:
Kucinich’s speech gives us a much better idea of what is really going on in Iraq. He exposes the US as the driving force behind the paramilitary units that are currently torturing and killing vast numbers of Iraqi civilians. The entire operation has been set into motion by American intelligence agencies with the intention of inciting sectarian violence and thrusting the country towards partition.Maybe Kucinich should run for office somewhere in the Arab world? Want to know how to win the war and bring our troops home sooner? Be pro-victory and pro-mission for democracy in Iraq. Quit lying to the American public, and quit running 30 consecutive frontpage Abu Ghraib stories in the NYTimes and believing in the worst of our Marines before allegations have even been substantiated. Worst still when our own leaders in office *cough*MurthaDurbin*cough* give credence and credibility to these stories, giving moral support to the true killers of innocent Iraqis and our own soldiers.
Hat tip: Ex-Donkey Blog for the money quote.