So, from my perch, I'd say Obama won the dust up theatre with Hillary. His Hollywood heavyweight was able to vent a bit about Hollywood's former idols, Bill and Hill, and Obama was able to show the panicky side of Hillary's campaign.
Obama was here in Houston last night for a fundraiser. No press allowed, as has been his strategy so far. The least expensive ticket went for $250 so I thought that sounded like a bargain after the Hollywood soiree.
The big headline from Obama was he now calls for a May 1 redeployment, surrender, of the troops with completion still by March 2008. He supports the amendment being crafted in the Senate by 30 or so Dems calling for the micromanagement of Congress of the war.
Contrast that bit of unconstitutional legislation being drafted with the cries by the unserious and silly Americans belittling the Bush administration's efforts to keep us safe at home and charges of losing 'rights' here. It's nonsense, of course, but we continue to hear it. Those crying loss of 'free speech' are not silenced. We always hear their complaints, for heavens sake, in the press. What loss? The Dixie Chicks? Well, besides treason on foreign soil by the chubby one's 'free speech' opinion, did those not agreeing with her actions not have the same freedom to voice their opinion? Does it only go one way? All they had to do was wait a year and their base at the Grammy's rewarded them. Big Deal. They became very wealthy off the very audience they now claim they never were a part of. Those stupid country people, they say.
The only constitutional standing Congress has is the power of the purse in time of war. They can cut the funding, period. They cannot micromanage the war from Washington, D.C. Let's remember that lesson from Vietnam.
Yet, the Dems do not truly have the courage of their political calculations. They pander and hope for defeat. It's disgusting. The polls show the American populace doesn't want to cut funding to the troops and that is the only power they have to undermine the president. Except the constant bombardment of how horrible things are and how they've been lied to. It is so unserious. How come no one claims Clinton was lying with his conclusions from the very same intelligence? Regime change in Iraq became foreign policy under Clinton in 1998. Because no war with Iraq was declared? Because he didn't have the stomach for disapproval by those who don't get the world picture? Well, that brought 9/11 and we all had to wake up, didn't we? Our national slumber was over.
I was as asleep as everyone else. bin Laden was a threat but not of immediate pursuit, I thought. Clinton was offered bin Laden several times by foreign governments, as it happens. He wimped out. He chose to use court action against terrorists. It seems so crazy now to look back. Hindsight. I'm awake now.
John Howard, Australia's Prime Minister, is sending more troops, not less. Prince Harry is being deployed to Basra. Good on him.
My coffee for the troops was sent this time to FOB Jalalabad Airfield, I've been notified. I hope the troops get their Girl Scout cookies soon.
I hope I get my Girl Scout cookies soon!
The Dems now want to produce a resolution taking away the powers given to Bush to invade Iraq. They were for it before they were against it...
Wasn't a winning strategy for Kerry the last time around. They might want to ponder that a bit now.