As most of you have realized if you're a regular reader, I'm one of those hippie peaceniks that has opposed the war since the beginning. The democrats recent cave-in on a timeline for withdraw from Iraq has incensed me.
To make matters even worse, I have to wonder how a bill that the majority of the majority party opposed, the Speaker of the House opposed, and the author of the goddamned legislation (Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey D-WI) opposed, made it to the floor for a vote to start with! Don't the Democrats control the agenda? And then to brag about the Machiavellian machinations that had to happen for them to look like they oppose the war while still helping Republicans to continue it? That's insult after injury!
I believe the mandate for change in Iraq was clear after the last elections. I think the Democrats were handed that election not by a general desire for their agenda or their qualifications, but because of a need for an end to the war that Republicans refused to concede. To watch them wiffle-waffle now on the war leaves me with no confidence whatsoever on their ability to protect my family from discrimination. If stopping the killing of thousands is beyond their ability to confidently support human dignity, what chance do we have? I'll tell you - none.
So how hard did I cheer for Keith Olbermann after Jen sent me this clip? Well, read a sample and see what you think...
[ED NOTE] Post has been updated underneath of the Olbermann clip after the jump.
You, the men and women elected with the simplest of directions--Stop The War--have traded your strength, your bargaining position, and the uniform support of those who elected you... for a handful of magic beans.
You may trot out every political cliché from the soft-soap, inside-the-beltway dictionary of boilerplate sound bites, about how this is the "beginning of the end" of Mr. Bush's "carte blanche" in Iraq, about how this is a "first step."
Well, Senator Reid, the only end at its beginning... is our collective hope that you and your colleagues would do what is right, what is essential, what you were each elected and re-elected to do.
Because this "first step"... is a step right off a cliff.
And this President!
How shameful it would be to watch an adult... hold his breath, and threaten to continue to do so, until he turned blue.
But how horrifying it is... to watch a President hold his breath and threaten to continue to do so, until innocent and patriotic Americans in harm's way, are bled white.
You lead this country, sir?
You claim to defend it?
And yet when faced with the prospect of someone calling you on your stubbornness--your stubbornness which has cost 3,431 Americans their lives and thousands more their limbs--you, Mr. Bush, imply that if the Democrats don't give you the money and give it to you entirely on your terms, the troops in Iraq will be stranded, or forced to serve longer, or have to throw bullets at the enemy with their bare hands.
How transcendentally, how historically, pathetic.
Any other president from any other moment in the panorama of our history would have, at the outset of this tawdry game of political chicken, declared that no matter what the other political side did, he would insure personally--first, last and always--that the troops would not suffer.
[UPDATE] From the comments section, alert reader Donna shares the following video of Republican Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio. What a disgusting display of complete and utter fakery. As she says, it makes you "want to puke." Thanks for sharing, Donna!