“If you get into the business of committing U.S. forces on the ground in Iraq, to occupy the place, my guess is Iâ€™d probably still have people there today instead of having been able to bring them homeâ€¦The bottom line question for me was: How many additional American lives is Saddam Hussein worth? The answer: not very damn many.”
There is a piece of common wisdom floating around out there, and, to me, that’s always a sign that it’s time to shoot that sucker down like it’s Harry Whittington and you’re Dick Cheney.
The common wisdom this time: “The Democrats were elected in mid-2006 to end the war.” I have heard it several times of late. I think it is incorrect, and I think it has led to a foolish waste of time, and I think it may have led now to downright disaster, or at best a severely missed opportunity.
The notion assumes that the American electorate is a creature, a living, thinking, breathing creature that can be accurately assessed in terms of nuanced mindset. But it’s nearly impossible to infer a mandate with 51 percent of the Senate and 53.6 percent of the House. No, only George W. Bush finds it feasible to declare a mandate in such a nearly weirdly unrealistic manner (as he did in 2004). Democrats should have begun this adventure with more realistic expectations and should not have assumed their mission was a straight-ahead end to the occupation of Iraq.
Don’t get me wrong. Mid-2006 did to some extent have a real throw-the-bums-out feel to it. But at the time, a Republigoat senator was vast in the headlines as a wicked pederast and the body as a whole was widely reported to have been a useless, corrupt institution. Some did indeed throw their own bums out, but the “Congress’ mandate was to end the war” argument forgets that congressional politics are exceedingly local. Like many Americans, I am mad at Congress, but I adore my Congressman and one of my senators (Moran, Webb). No, if a peace lust of this magnitude had taken hold of this nation in mid-2006, I think it would have been much more effective.
No, I don’t think Congress was explicity sent the way it was to end this stupid occupation, but I do think this Congress would be scoring more points if it had set out not just to end the war but to throw down and to assign some good old fashioned accountability.
There is a growing consensus lately that this Congress has failed. And it has. It failed the moment Nancy Pelosi said that impeachment wasn’t an option. It failed because they did not operate realistically and did not fully use what power they had, the power to question, to investigate, to shame in the stylings of Joseph Welch. Voting is not the only power this body has, and with a majority like that, you’d better use every other option you’ve got and in a muscular fashion. The only success of any legend in the mission of demanding accountability is the Al Capone style prosecution of one Alberto Gonzales, the fellow who provided the intellectual fuel for the allowance of torture and who championed the idea that this government should spy on its own, but who was dismissed because of some bad personnel decisions. It is good that Gonzoo is gone, but it just seems kind of empty.
No, it is unfortunate, but it seems that Bush and Cheney will leave town unscathed for what they’ve done to this country. It will be up to President Clinton to sweep up. Nobody will be held accountable, and that is unfortunate because it might just have been the most sure path to call those brave men and women home. You call these assholes up in front of the lights and cameras, and you bring out into the light every dirty little secret about this stupid “war.” You throw poop all over them, and then you watch them continue trying to consolidate power in 2006 and 2008.
I still believe truth will win. But now I think it’s going to have to wait for the White House.
Referring to I’m-A-Dinner-Jacket’s weird declaration that there are no homosexuals in Iran:
“Obviously they have no gay people in Iran. Look at that suit!”
Also: I dare any of my contemporaries in the Washington, D.C. area to walk into Ben’s Chili Bowl and exclaim “Hey, motherfucker! I want more iced tea!”
Yes, I know. It’s “Pelley.” Damnit Jim.
Someone needs to get Scott Pelly and a whole buncha other people a Google for their birthdays.
Five minutes of reading on the Google would have told the 60 Minutes dude whose interview of the President of Iran was on the TV Machine Sunday, that you’re wasting your breath talking to that guy about issues of war and peace.
See, Mr. I’m-A-Dinner-Jacket is not the commander-in-chief in Iran.
That would be Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
I for one tried to watch the Pelly piece and couldn’t even bear to sit through it. There’s Pelly on the telly, working hard as he can to do the current president’s bidding by drawing horns on this guy and pinning a tail on him. The whole exercise is so utterly foolish because what they’re really accomplishing is painting a big heroic red ‘S” on his chest and sending him home. We’ve really bungled this big dummy’s visit to the UN. We should have just let him come and go quietly without even paying it any notice.
You know. Like we did that Nouri Kamel Mohammed Hassan al-Maliki fella. Yeah. Did you know the Prime Minister of Iraq was in town this week, too? Go figure.
Besides the fact that she voted for the Authorization, another constant problem that I have about the Hillary is that she appears to be a bit tone deaf. A bad joke about an Indian grocer here, a “blame the Iraqis” there, she just doesn’t really much carry a tune.
She probably should just laugh more. In fact. I think every Democrat who appears on the Fox “News” should make it a point to at least once during the interview to just laugh their fool heads off. Jesus, this was beautiful. Listen to the perfect song: Ha ha ha ha ha!
As we are wont to do because we are a nerd, we have altered the structure of our little blog tonight.
Now, the root URL of this little project is officially ‘ kiav.net ‘ . Other incarnations, such as ‘ ketchupisavegetable.com ‘ and ‘ ketchupisavegetable.net ‘ will simply redirect you here.
Unfortunately, this may screw up some images. It did the prez banners I had up, but rather than recasting those, I zapped them. I was bored with them anyway and am already tired of prezidenshal politics.
So, just remember: kiav.net.
Welcome back to Keith Olbermann, who was out of the Countdown anchor chair most of the week with the petty excuse of a near-burst appendix. I’d also like to thank the man for inserting one of my special pet peeves into last night’s excellent “Special Comment.”
“And preventing attack means good intelligence work.
“It means that people who are coming to this country terrorizing or talking about terror in such a way that it could lead to the violent death of Americans, we need to know about that, track them, follow them, and make sure that in every way we can, we know what they’re doing and where they’re doing it.
“And if it means we have to go into a mosque to wiretap or a church, then that’s exactly where we’re going to go. Because we’re going to do whatever it takes to protect the American people.
“And I hear from time to time people say, hey, wait a second. We have civil liberties we have to worry about. But don’t forget, the most important civil liberty I expect from my government is my right to be kept alive, and that’s what we’re going to have to do.”
You’re not a moonbat blog if you don’t post a YouTube embed with Taser Boy. So here you go.
For the record, the yellow book he’s holding is this one.
Of this incident, I have only this to say: John Kerry said “I believe I could have handled the situation…” and I wasn’t certain if he was talking about Taser Boy or about the 2004 Presidential Election. Honestly, I don’t think those cops were entirely in the wrong, they had an erratic person in the same room with a sitting U.S. Senator. But if they zapped him after he was cuffed, as has been reported, yeah, that’s a bit harsh, man. Just as effective after all is the old earlobe pinch.
Seriously, though, that kid needs a good swat in the nuts or something. Even I think so.
P.S. Is “don’t tase me, bro” the new “up against the wall, motherfucker!” ?