As the non-binding resolutions are spoken to in the House, no debates, no counter-resolution by the Republicans allowed to be entered, only 5 minutes speeches on the House floor by those wishing to make them, we are told this is the first of the actions to 'bring the soldiers home'. Speaker Pelosi says the Dems support the troops but not the surge.
For the first time, as the leadership in the military and the administration try one last chance to succeed in turning over Baghdad and the Anbar Province to the Iraqi people, the House of Representatives is on the way, gleefully, to cut funds and support to our troops on the battlefield. Pelosi is treating the message of the last election as a demand of surrender from the battle. By playing to the far left in the election season, Pelosi, who voted against the war in the first place, is determined to go hand in hand with her pal Murtha at the expense of the military. The two of them are so heavily invested in defeat, they are past the point of no return from the argument.
Barack Obama, the freshman senator from Illinois running for President, said at a political rally, the date to get the troops out of Iraq is March 2008 and the money and lives of the soldiers lost have been 'wasted'. There's some support for ya. As soon as he began to hear some of the blowback from that thoughtless statement, he apologized. Kinda. The quote was: "We ended up launching a war that should have never been authorized and should have never been waged, and to which we now have spent $400 billion and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted." "Even as I said it, I realized I had misspoken". So, why not apologize on the spot? Because the red meat was already thrown to the slobbering crowd.
John Edwards hired two bloggers, both young women known for foul mouthed, far left rhetoric blogging posts, yet refused to fire them when the blowback of that move began. Then one resigned from the campaign. So, instead of showing the courage of a leadership decision about his own campaign, he just let the bloggers hang in the wind and finally one resigned. His wife, Elizabeth, in the mode of Hillary Clinton, blames the controversy on the 'right wing'. Ok, then. Not a bad choice of hiring these two, it's the 'right wing'.
Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. is on the exploratory committee for Sen. Sam Brownback from Kansas. She likes his conservative views in governing, she said. As I watched her talk of her support for Brownback, I was reminded of an interesting article I read written by a woman member of a think tank about the Republican party membership of the King family. The article made sense to me concerning ideas and attitudes of a past time. Dr. King would be booted out of the party now, though, as they vote 90% for Democrats. It's amazing, isn't it that this one group in our country votes exclusively for one party, with few exceptions. Never mind their votes are taken for granted and once in office, the white politicians continue to talk and not produce for them. But they'll pull that lever the same way next time. And they'll call conservative blacks the usual names: Oreo, Uncle Tom. Pretty shallow. The social programs promised to minority voters produced generations of welfare dependent families, poorly educated young people and runaway fathers of babies. All in the name of buying votes and keeping citizens dependent. I don't see great results coming from that.
President Bush has done more for minorities in this country during his terms in office than even Clinton did, the first black president according to Toni Morrison.
John Howard, the Prime Minister of Australia, has called out Obama for putting a date certain on withdrawal from Iraq. He said he will not back down from criticizing Obama for his naive look at foreign policy. Obama says if the U.S. will just leave Iraq, then the Sunni and Shiite will talk and work things out. Right. Obama balked at Howard's statement by calling Howard an allie of Bush. Well, Barack, Australia is an allie of the U.S., not just Bush. Barack demanded Howard commit 20,000 more troops to Iraq before he criticized him again. Where did that particular number come from, Barack? I thought you wanted less troops there.
Not ready for prime time.