Heaven forbid one would call a spade a spade. Dick Cheny, in his usual, straight to the point manner, had this to say about Democrats and their efforts against the President concerning Iraq:
Dick Cheney on Wednesday harshly criticized Democrats' attempts to thwart President Bush's troop buildup in Iraq, saying their approach would "validate the al-Qaida strategy."
Of course Pelosi couldn't take that.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi fired back that Cheney was questioning critics' patriotism.
"I hope the president will repudiate and distance himself from the vice president's remarks," Pelosi said. She said she tried to complain about Cheney to President Bush but could not reach him.
"You cannot say as the president of the United States, 'I welcome disagreement in a time of war,' and then have the vice president of the United States go out of the country and mischaracterize a position of the speaker of the House and in a manner that says that person in that position of authority is acting against the national security of our country," the speaker said.
and more crying from the little princess
Pelosi, at a news conference in San Francisco, said Cheney's criticism of Democrats was "beneath the dignity of the debate we're engaged in and a disservice to our men and women in uniform, whom we all support."
Dignity? This from the woman who said Bush was rushing to send troops into danger so that Democrats couldn't cut funding?
And her whining continues:
"And you know what I'm going to do? I'm going to call the president and tell him I disapprove of what the vice president said," Pelosi said. "It has no place in our debate." Bush had previously urged her to call him when a member of his administration stepped over the line by questioning Democrats' patriotism, she said.
Considering that Al Qaeda has stated that it wants us to leave and they hope to outlast our will to fight, it is quite reasonable to note that the various flavors of cut and run that Democrats and spineless Republicans are toying with, very much validate the strategy of our enemy. Al Qaeda has said they want to repeat what happened in Vietnam. Unfortunately, too many in the media and politicians with no concept of history or what their actions will result in, appear to want the same thing.
As to the incessant whine that their patriotism is being questioned, every time their judgment is criticized, one has to wonder if their judgment is just so faulty that they're incapable of noticing the difference or they're just that dishonest and prefer to suppress debate rather than actually address the criticism. Either way, it doesn't say much about putting them in charge of national security.
Then we have this little gem from Pelosi:
As for Cheney's assertion that the partial British pullout is a sign that things are going well in Iraq, Pelosi said: "If it's going so well, we'd like to withdraw our troops as well.
Is she completely unaware of the differences between the British areas and Baghdad? As "Captain Ed" notes:
...the southern provinces have always presented less trouble than the Sunni areas in the center and west of Iraq. The population is much more homogenously Shi'ite, and the new Iraqi Army fits better there than in Baghdad, Diyala, and Anbar. Other provinces in the south have already transferred to Iraqi control, and Basra follows, as it should.
This is the natural denouement of the Iraqi campaign, however. As the Iraqis can take over security responsibilities for their provinces, the Western powers will pull back and pull out, although the British forces will remain in smaller numbers to provide assistance to the Iraqis. The US will do the same when Baghdad and Anbar come under better control. The Brits have succeed in their mission, and they now can shift their forces accordingly.
It would be nice if the anti-Bush crowd would let us finish our mission as the British have, rather than be so intent on making love to defeat. Even now, they have to ignore that the surge is already showing positive results. Certainly, there will be setbacks. That is the nature of war. But to throw away victory that is within reach is a sad testimony of the character of far too many in this country.
As shocking as it may be, it also appears that having a street named after oneself is no indication of an ability for serious thinking. Considering that all of the Democrat candidates for President have similar thoughts on the war, they might as well have streets named after themselves as well. The reach of their thinking beyond that, will probably only go far enough to put a little crescent on the street sign.
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