Carol Platt Liebau: Hewing to the Moveon Line

Friday, September 21, 2007

Hewing to the Moveon Line

Remarkably, there are apparently Democrats in the US Senate who think it's A-OK to call General Petraeus a liar -- presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Chris Dodd, among others, opposed a sense of the Senate measure repudiating Moveon's scurrilous attack on General Petraeus. Barack Obama declined to go on the record one way or another, and Joe Biden cut a similar profile in courage. Over at Hugh, Duane Patterson has provided the whole sorry roll call.

All through the Petraeus hearings, senators like Barbara Boxer kept assuring everyone of how much she "respected" General Petraeus . . . right before she essentially called him a liar. So which is it -- do you respect him, or is he a liar? There was always the chance that it was both . . . most Democrats obviously respect Bill Clinton, who's notorious for his struggles with telling the truth. But those who refused to denounce an ad essentially calling Petraeus a traitor have made it clear that all their talk about "respect" was nothing more than lip service. So much for Democratic claims to "support" the military.

Repeatedly (here and here for example), this blog has noted that the Democrats simply don't take the war on terror -- the main front on which is the war in Iraq -- seriously. This vote is nothing more than another appalling example.


Blogger Earth to Carol said...

The Decider hides behind Petraeus's skirt because he has lost all credibility, only three of 18 bench marks are met which equates to failure. CYA Petraeus claims despite the failures, his surge is working and he points to al Anbar that has little and perhaps nothing to do with the surge. Anyone who is serious understands it is the CJ5 that should be testifying not Petraeus.

Not much more than a week passes and we wittiness Bloody Sunday in which Black Water kills 22 innocent Iraqis in the market square, many are women and children, resulting in all diplomats being restricted to the green zone. We also find the leader in al Anbar, who had that pretty and high security photo-op with Bush, killed.

The GOP filibusters all bills that would lead to a debate in the Senate on the war. The only bill the GOP rubber-stampers are willing to debate is one condemning an ad. How can anyone claim the GOP is serious?

10:10 AM  
Blogger Chepe Noyon said...

I wonder: since Ms. Clinton is the front runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and the Democrats are the majority in the Senate, and Ms. Clinton is a Senator, wouldn't it be just as appropriate for the Senate to pass a "sense of the Senate" motion condemning you for writing vicious things about Ms. Clinton?

10:15 AM  
Blogger The Very Sane Woman Who Points Out the Obvious said...

The senate approved a resolution condemning an ad? This is one of the most unAmerican things I've heard of in a long time.

Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Now it's true that they did not pass a law. Even still, it reeks of anti-American rhetoric.

Moveon ran an ad to say what they had to say and express to the public and our government their grievance, which is their right.

Now, you might be offended by the tone of the ad. You can argue the points that it makes. If the facts are on your side, make your arguement and convince us of the rightness of your position.

Note that nowhere in the resolution does the senate argue the points that the Moveon ad made. There is one reason for this. They know that Moveon is correct in the facts that they stated in their ad.

Shame on the senate. Pray for our country.

10:32 AM  
Blogger rplat said...

When you’re in a street fight you may despise your adversary but when he stays and fights to the end you can’t help but offer him some respect. On the other hand, those that run away in fear are without honor or courage and are considered despicable cowards. Senators that lacked the courage to even commit in this matter are well within the latter category.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Chepe Noyon said...

rplat, that's sound advice for street fighters, ruffians, toughs, and gang members. It's not such good advice for civilized people.

2:18 PM  

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