Carol Platt Liebau: More from the Craven Caucus

Friday, January 26, 2007

More from the Craven Caucus

This piece summarizes the ridiculous posturing taking place in the US Senate, as senators confirm General Petraeus, even as they ignore his judgment that a non-binding resolution expressing doubt about the troop surge will encourage the enemy (Secretary of Defense Gates has also echoed that assessment).

Note that Jim Webb is resisting comparisons between Vietnam and Iraq -- because they might undermine opposition to the Iraq war from those who supported Vietnam! Please. Of course, he's got a point -- it's not smart to remind people of the bloodbath, the years of perceived American weakness, and the encouragement to America's adversaries that resulted from the Vietnam retreat . . . the same kind of retreat the Dems want to force in Iraq.

CNN has reported that Mitch McConnell might sign onto John McCain's resolution. My question to all the Republican senators is this: What's the hurry? Why not give the President's plan a chance to work? All it takes is a simple explanation:

The Republicans -- unlike the Dems -- support a victory in Iraq. General Petraeus has told us that it will make his mission more difficult if the Senate passes non-binding resolutions signalling equivocal support for his troops' mission, because such resolutions will embolden the enemy. Whatever our private concerns, we simply won't support anything that can be construed as helpful to the enemy, or dangerous to our troops. Period.

If the Republicans think Americans can't understand that reasoning, then they need to resign and go home, because they have lost touch wtih the heart of this country. The 2006 election results weren't a cry for defeat -- they were an expression of frustration at the apparent lack of progress in achieving one goal: Victory.

Why don't the Republicans get it?


Blogger Jerry said...

Some Republicans "get it" and others do not. Here's why.

11:19 PM  
Blogger Earth to Carol said...

There is nothing that will embolden the enemy more than Bush having spent $ 2 trillion in sending our military to wage war in the wrong country.

4:45 AM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

That's your opinion Earth, and you're free to have it. But what do you have that supports it? Dissension and public outcries against our policies has demonstrated a lack of resolve to our enemies and that HAS been supported by the words of bin Laden in this war, and by North Viet Namese officers in that war. The enemy can believe what it wants about our tactics and strategies. All they need to know is that we won't stop until they're all dead or they surrender unconditionally. Presently, thanks to liberal obstrucionism, they don't believe this for a second.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Earth to Carol said..."Bush having spent $ 2 trillion in sending our military to wage war in the wrong country"

Wow, Think about how much force they would use if we were in the, "right" country!

Earth, I would re-think that if I were you!

6:59 PM  

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