by Taylor Marsh
It's hard not to quote an article with a title like this one, because unfortunately Congress's actions match the message. Putting Iraq war legislation on the table, fighting for and voting on it "vexes" Democrats?
Well then, I say we put uniforms on all members of Congress and ship their sorry privileged butts off to Iraq to see how they like the reality. Maybe then the war won't vex the poor babies anymore. I mean, reeally.
Democrats are acting like chickenhawk Republicans and I've had enough of them to last a lifetime. Why do they think the public threw them out of Congress last November?
Now go back up to the link at the top of the page and get a load of Harry Reid in the picture. It looks like he's actually sulking. Is this the majority leader of the Senate? The man in charge of moving the agenda in the "greatest deliberative body" on planet earth? Seriously, we need to put some hot blood into the upper ranks of Congress, because these seasoned DC Democratic "leaders" are too timid by half.
The Democrats have a majority of the American people behind them, but they don't have the spine to move on Iraq. They don't even have the nerve to do a pr offensive to explain and put pressure on Mr. Bush and the Republicans, utilizing the voices of the American people. Instead, we get headlines like the one above, with wingnut radio in ecstasy over the Democratic dithering. All because of what I've been saying all week: Democrats "want to make sure this is still President Bush's war. It's his war to manage, and it's his war to end." That's Rep. Moran talking, but it might as well be a congressional chorus of eunuchs.
Members of Congress are not "the only ones conflicted," said Rep. John Tanner (Tenn.). "The country's conflicted. We don't want to do the same thing we've been doing for 3 1/2 years that hasn't worked, but we don't want to pull the plug."
In the Senate, the Iraq debate may be on hold for a week or longer while Democrats address concerns about a new effort to limit Bush's war authority.
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.) had said that Iraq-related amendments may be considered on a homeland-security bill now before the Senate. But families of Sept. 11 victims fanned out across the Capitol yesterday, saying that a war debate could slow progress on the legislation, which would enact security recommendations by the bipartisan commission that studied the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. ...
Iraq Bill Vexes Democrats
Leaders Struggle to Craft Measure That Can Unite Party
With due respect to the 9/11 victims' families, there is a war in Iraq going on that is putting this country in danger every day, with soldiers dying every day, while our military collapses further every day. Congress certainly must address the security recommendations from the 9/11 Commission, but not at the expense of Iraq. There is no issue more pressing than Iraq. Period. It does us no good to enact the security recommendations while our country bleeds dry in Iraq, with our national guard stretched further and further, as the coming Afghanistan offensive by the Taliban looms large in the very near future. What is Reid thinking?
The good news is that nobody trusts the Republicans on Iraq, for good reason. They don't know anything about the military, except how to use them, and they're completely incompetent on managing anything governmental.
The bad news is that Democrats aren't leading and every week that passes without concrete action on Iraq, they are losing the faith of the American people.
Playing for time on escalation failing sooner rather than later is a big gamble. Everyone should also remember that we're not playing with chips. The payment is made in lives.
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