Friday, June 16, 2006

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."
-President Bush to Prime Minister al-Maliki during a surprise visit to Iraq last Tuesday.


"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’.."

Democrat Congressmen are just plain sad. Not "unhappy" sad: "Sad" as in "pathetic" sad. We get a constant barage of negative news, and what is the Democrat answer? Cut-and-run. We get a week of good news in the killing of Zarqawi, seizing of important documents that have led us to dozens of successful raids and the killing of 104 insurgents and the capture of 759 "anti-Iraqi elements", and what do the Democrats immediately call for? A cut-and-run plan. Are they afraid that if things turn out well in Iraq by our staying and completing the mission, that it will make Bush right, and them Dems wrong?

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:

"We were misled, we were given evidence that was not true," Kerry said. "It was wrong, and I was wrong to vote [for it]."
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.

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.


13 Comments:

Blogger Pamela Reece said...

Good post, Sparky!! I watched a listened to what the dems were saying in the House today. I was so disgusted I had to turn it off several times for fear I was going to throw my shoe at the television!!! Their grandstanding and B.S. was sickening! Murtha was the worst of all. Their party is falling apart, they know it, and they had a chance to show they support our troops to today. Instead, the took the wrong fork in the road and made themselves look like anti-Americans!! I hope dems were listening to them, and they actually saw and heard how pathetic their party has become. It makes me sick! Honor their sacrifice and complete the mission!!!

Friday, June 16, 2006 2:53:00 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

"Want to know how to win the war and bring our troops home sooner? Be pro-victory and pro-mission for democracy in Iraq." Yep, Wordsmith, it's as simple as that! It's so simple it's a wonder the Dem's haven't thought of it.

Oops, wait a minute. I lost it there for a bit... they don't give a hoot or a holler about our troops, they simply want to make the present administration look bad. But we had a wonderful week, didn't we? And today's vote was the icing on the cake. Please excuse me while I bask in gloating. We need to do that once-in-awhile!

Great post as always!

Blessings. :)

Friday, June 16, 2006 6:39:00 PM  
Anonymous skye said...

This was a brilliant political strategy by the GOP. They have forced the Dems to publicly take a position on Irag. Lo and behold they have clearly spelled out that they DO NOT support the troops, the Iraqi citizens or the need to finish the job in Iraq.

Conservatives now have a what the dems standfor in black and white.

November is not that far off...

Ya know, sparky, I was just working on my posting about this vote..you beat me to it! :)) I still love though :))

Friday, June 16, 2006 7:26:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

skye...write it up! It needs to get hammered home. The Dems are whining about how it's nothing more than a political stunt; so what if it is? It doesn't change the fact that they've been put on the spot to lay their cards down on where they stand. And 149 Democrats have been exposed for the backward-thinking defeatists that they are.

Friday, June 16, 2006 8:17:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Pamela and Gayle, thanks much.

Friday, June 16, 2006 8:19:00 PM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

It's so very true that we would win the war in Iraq, and the wider war much quicker with much less loss of life if Dems united with us in the necessary effective actions we must take to succeed.

The fact that they continue to refuse puts blood on their hands. Not that I'm expecting them to take ANY responsibility for their actions, they never do.

Yes it has been another great week:

A. Bush in Baghdad
B. Karl Rove cleared
C. Both House and Senate put the defeatists on record.

How will we keep the momentum going?

Friday, June 16, 2006 10:15:00 PM  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Awesome post!!!! I'm probably going to link to this in my post today.

Saturday, June 17, 2006 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger The_Bos'un said...

Wordsmith,

Another classic. Thanks for crossposting it. Everytime I read one of your creations, I get inspired. You, sir, are a great blogger. You, Michelle Malkin, Scott Tapscott and the rest.

Have a fine blogging day.

Sunday, June 18, 2006 6:27:00 PM  
Blogger Bushwack said...

I have not stopped by here nearly enough, I've seen your comments on other blogs.
This is a well written piece on what I've been trying to say for months. You sir, have a great way with words.


Keep fightin eventualy the Dem's will wake up..

Sunday, June 18, 2006 11:24:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

bos'un....you always flatter me.

bushwack, thanks for the visit. You're officially linked.

Monday, June 19, 2006 1:13:00 AM  
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Tuesday, August 29, 2006 9:17:00 AM  
Blogger Nubian Nerd said...

Quick question: Does being 'Pro-victory' mean that you think it was a good idea for the US to go to war with Iraq. I ask because it is difficult for me (as one who has a brother in Iraq) to understand how anyone could at this point. I always supported going into Afghanistan. But somehow we have forgotten all about Osama bin Laden, and now we are stuck in an imbroglio with a country that Bush acknowledges had nothing to do with 9/11. Honestly, I still can't figure out why we went in there in the first place (and what ever happened to the hunt for the real terrorist, bin Laden).

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 9:18:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Hey Nubian Nerd,

Thanks for commenting (although I'm curious to know how you stumbled upon me, since this is an old post).


Quick question: Does being 'Pro-victory' mean that you think it was a good idea for the US to go to war with Iraq.

I did support the various cases made before we went to war (wmd being only one out of about 8); but even if I didn't think it was the right place to go next, we're there now. The only course of action that I see as being good for America and better for Iraq and the world, is to see it through, that democracy flourishes in a united Iraq. To abandon Iraq now would bring enormous suffering. If we lose, it would be because Osama was right, and America would prove itself a paper tiger, unable to sustain casualties and wage a war to win. What we can't lose militarily, we can lose through popular opinion, morale, and through the media and media propaganda.

I ask because it is difficult for me (as one who has a brother in Iraq)

Is he a British soldier? I believe you are from the UK. I am thankful for his service and hope he returns home safe.

to understand how anyone could at this point.

I think the answer to the aggression is more support and redoubled commitment. The insurgents and the jihadist foreign fighters are well aware of the negative press they create with every explosion and civilian and military casualty inflicted. They see the polls in the U.S. papers and the headlines.


I always supported going into Afghanistan. But somehow we have forgotten all about Osama bin Laden,

We have not forgotten about Osama.


and now we are stuck in an imbroglio with a country that Bush acknowledges had nothing to do with 9/11.


President Bush has always acknowledged that. Really, this is one of those BIG LIES that the liberals have created, putting words in his mouth that he has never said.

If you want to draw a connection, the connection is in Saddam's regime being a state-sponsor of terrorism, and after 9/11, we were no longer going to allow such an open sponsor of it, to exist. 12 years of violations to UN Resolutions and the cease-fire agreement was plenty of excuse. "Regime Change" in Iraq was a policy signed by President Clinton in 1998.

Honestly, I still can't figure out why we went in there in the first place (and what ever happened to the hunt for the real terrorist, bin Laden).

I believe part of the problem is the difficulties encountered with our ally, Pakistan. We still have resources toward his kill or capture.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006 7:24:00 AM  

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