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12th-Sep-2007 02:48 am
The most interesting criticism has emerged from Congress: evidently the military, currently in operations in Iraq, has failed to corral members of the new Iraq parliament and beat them into submission. Personally, I wouldn't think this was an allowable criticism, but there are those who have confused the Defense Department with the State Department, and they are in OUR government:

Anti-war Senate Democrats bluntly told Iraq commander General David Petraeus Tuesday his troop surge strategy was an abject failure in its prime objective -- forging an Iraqi political settlement.

This is the same group that "accidentally" gave Bush too much power and can't seem to come up with a budget on time, and they are worried about IRAQ's government not being up to snuff?
12th-Sep-2007 11:48 am (UTC)
Yeah, Congress is making me want to laugh a lot over all the Iraq business. However, I can't laugh because it's both too aggravating and sad.
12th-Sep-2007 01:27 pm (UTC)
Me, I ended up signing short petitions.

Not that I expect my representatives to be good at reading. That might be elitist.

12th-Sep-2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
Frankly, I don't know what to expect. I have a feeling that the Democrats are only paying lip service to their tin-foil brigades with all the hoo-hah with the latest hearings and that they do indeed understand the consequences of getting "out of Iraq now!", to both the Iraqis, the Middle East, Europe and us. However, two things concern me greatly about that:

1. That they are even playing politics with such a colossally dangerous issue, and

2. That their fringe is doing nothing but growing because all they do at the DNC, et al is encourage them for the sake of scoring political points. There's only so much lip service on can pay until one gets a fat lip, and when and if that happens it'll be a sore day indeed for everyone, in my opinion.

But then there's also the notion I have that many in Congress really are "that stupid" and poll-driven power-mongers who really give a shit about anything as long as its within the sphere of "Things That Will Help My Career Along".

50/50. But both with not terribly good likely outcomes.
12th-Sep-2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
I really hope you're too cynical. The advantage of fringe is that they are loud, ntolerant, fanatics who will keep yelling until you agree with them. In that sense, they mirror the Islamofascists more closely than they know.

The good news: the proper response to someone who has become "as immovable as a rock" is to note that much of science was created to move rocks.
12th-Sep-2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
I really hope I'm too cynical, too.
12th-Sep-2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
I bet the Iraqi parliament has microphones that work!

There's an old saying, "Any stick will do to beat a dog." Most of the Dems are hostage to the peace-at-any-price wing of their party, as well as the axiomatic belief that everything W does is wrong. Ergo "Bush's war" must end in defeat.

In the particular matter mentioned above, had the U.S. military done anything -- anything at all -- to facilitate a harmoniously functioning Iraqi government, the defeatists would be deeply troubled: "It's a puppet government strong-armed by a military that has forgotten its proper boundaries!" or the like. Some would hint at military plans to run our government.

The Dems are in a horrible spot: right or wrong, win or lose, they lose.
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