Carol Platt Liebau: Paper Tigers

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Paper Tigers

Democrats may lack the stomach to stand up to Hussein or Ahmadinejad -- but they sure are tough enough to take potshots at Iraq's new prime minister the day before he's set to address a joint session of Congress.

No doubt they're worried that the prime minister will thank America -- and help the American people understand just how much we've accomplished in Iraq. And no doubt he was wrong to voice any equivocation about Hezbollah (although, again, we don't know what kind of internal or security pressures prompted him to do so).

What they don't seem to understand is that when America set out to create a democratic Iraq, we planned to gain an ally . . . not a lapdog. Sometimes there will be disagreements, or political exigencies will force Iraq's leaders to make a remark or two with which we, in America, disagree.

But given that Democrats have set the precedent of demanding that speakers to a joint session of Congress must toe the Administration foreign policy line, it'll be interesting to see if they raise the same high-minded objections when, say, Kofi Annan or some other figure more to their liking ever tries to take the podium.

It's pretty disgraceful that they'd try to score a cheap shot or two off the consensus prime minister chosen after lengthy negotiations by the Iraqi people, at this vulnerable stage in Iraq's democracy. But did you really expect anythign better?


Blogger Greg said...

No, I did not.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

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9:23 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

I thought Carol was strongly against any government that supports terrorism. Now she wants to give this PM a free pass. This PM supports Hezbollah that Carol has claimed are terrorists.

I also thought Carol supported our troops? Are they now supposed to get killed providing security to the PM that supports terrorists?

All your logic and strongly held believes have melted away so you could take a cheap shot at the Democrats.

9:31 PM  
Blogger stackja1945 said...

Carol might we say that George Washington was the consensus president chosen after lengthy negotiations by the US people's representatives, at this vulnerable stage in US's democracy? What ever happened to GW and what ever happened to USA?

2:50 AM  
Blogger JillMartin said...

So many corners have been turned that now we train, fund and provide security to a PM who supports terrorism. How is this honoring the troops?

Heck of a job, Bush

7:42 AM  
Blogger amber said...

I don't know, I think that this is one of the VERY few times I agree with the dems on this. As long as they are being sincere. I think that Maliki needs to reckognize terrorism when he sees it and not just side with a group because they kind of share his reigeous beliefs. I think he needs to be set straight. If he does not change his words, then I guess we will have to accept it so we can still have some kind of relationship with him, but to not speak out about what he said is a bad move for everyone, Repulican or Democrat.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Maliki says:

"The Israeli attacks and airstrikes are completely destroying Lebanon’s infrastructure."

"I condemn these aggressions and call on the Arab League foreign ministers’ meeting in Cairo to take quick action to stop these aggressions. We call on the world to take quick stands to stop the Israeli aggression."

I have a couple of questions for you, Ditto (Jill asked me to ignore her posts). :

1) Is this what you mean when you say Maliki supports terrorism? Or, is there something else?

2) Are you genuinely dismayed by your claim that Maliki "supports terrorism"? Or, are you in yet another spasm of transference simply taking a "cheap shot" at Carol?

3) This is the REAL question: Do you fundamentally agree with or disagree with Malilki's statements?

11:54 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

In another thread, One Salient Oversight had this to say:

"Kossacks support peace.

It is an illogical and foolish argument to suggest that because they criticise Israel for killing Lebanese civilians, that they automatically support Hezbollah."

I have two more questions for you, Ditto:

Is Salient correct?

If so, does that same logic apply to Maliki?

12:00 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...


How about this for an answer...

Maliki's party, the Iraqi Dawa, helped create the Lebanese Hezbollah in the early 1980s. Maliki was in charge of Dawa's cell in Damascus, which was "intimately involved" with Hezbollah.

Also Maliki in UK, stated Israel was committing war crimes.

Of course now that he is here asking for more money and troops, he quiets down.

6:41 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

That answers Question #1.

You're not going to answer the other questions, are you Ditto?

6:57 PM  

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