Fair warning: I'm worked up and not taking it with grace today. This won't be pretty.
Today, how appropriate that on 9/10 the Joint Committee on Iraq, comprised of the House Armed Forces Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, listened to the report offered by General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker. I am so ashamed of fully half of the elected officials sitting on that panel, I can only record it and hope I'll be able to release it as the evening goes on.
Before the General and the Ambassador gave their opening testimonies, the congressmen read opening statements. The first to set the tone of the side of the Dems was Ike Skelton, chair of the Armed Forces Committee. He's from Missouri, is old, and speaks as though it pains him to exert the energy. He told the two men he thought they were fresh out of credibility and only spouting the administration's message. The evil, lying administration, you know. I am happy to say I missed out on the original site of the spewing forth as I was attending a meeting this morning and away from home. Rep. Tom Lantos, chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee told the General the same on credibility and basically called him a lying shill for the President and the Pentagon. Santos is Hungarian by birth and still has a very heavy accent in his speech. You'd think he'd be a little more grateful to the U.S. military. Too bad he wasn't sent to a gas chamber. Ingrate.
Rep. Duncan Hunter asked if the congressmen could at least give the General a few minutes of assuming he is telling the truth and what he really sees happening on the ground. He wanted to know if that was too much to ask. Well, yes it was. In response to the defeatists trying to get out in front of the report last week by labeling it the Bush Report, as if they didn't make the law on how the report was to be handled, General Petraeus opened with "This is my report." He made it very clear that he was the author, not the White House.
None of the Dems bothered thanking the General or the Ambassador for their service for our country. All of the Republicans began their questioning time with spoken gratitude. But the Dem support the troops.
Sylvestre Reyes, the Chair now of the Intelligence Committee, a former Border Patrol guard in south Texas who didn't even know the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite when he took chairmanship of the committee, actually asked Ambassador Crocker a question using some statics of success on the ground and asked, "That's not as good news as it seems, is it?" Actually wanting bad news, as he vocalized for the world to hear.
The hysterics of Rep Robert Wexler were unreal. He raised his voice to a loud level, jabbed his finger at General Petraeus and flat out accused him of cooking the books on the troop levels needed and other statics. He deserves to be flogged. Publicly.
He was not using his inside voice. He supports the troops. Wink, wink. You'd think a Jew from Florida would be a little more concerned about the future of Israel.
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, a Cuban born resident of Miami with a stepson in Iraq, held up the despicable MoveOn.org full page ad in The New York Times declaring General Petraeus as a betrayer. Like Benedict Arnold. Not one Dem on the panel denounced the ad, they said they didn't have to, they didn't publish it.
The operation was leaked in an interview a few days ago. A Democrat operative told a reporter that it doesn't matter what the reports said, the Dems wouldn't have to call the General a betrayer in public, that those behind the scenes would be doing that. Like MoveOn, apparently. The Dems are bought by them and proclaimed them as their property after the last election. The Dems are George Soros' bitches and that has never been more apparent than it was today. Not a single Dem running for President denounced the ad. I'm sure they will all be accepting donations from the organization, led by George Soros as the founder and money man. They are so beholden to him that it is scary. He is a Socialist, proudly saying so, and his goal is the complete downturn in our economy and way of government. It's working out pretty good for him so far as far as the left is concerned.
Dance, puppets, dance.
If you upset the far left defeatists, they will go after you big time. Look what has happened to Rep. Brian Baird of Washington. He's still an anti-war defeatist but after a recent trip to Iraq came back saying he was surprised to see how well the surge is working in some places and beginning to take hold in other places. He's now being threatened with being primaried in the next election.
The left, the defeatists, the Kos Kids, the Soros crowd, are thugs and bullies. They will stop at nothing. There is absolutely no respect for anyone or a different opinion than theirs. I thought they were so progressive. So open to free speech, different thoughts, dialogue. I thought the party of the Dems was a big tent. I thought it was those evil Republicans who were the facists.
If the left was not so heavily entrenched in the position of defeat in Iraq, if they could see beyond their hatred for Bush and Cheney, they would think General Petraeus was a good guy. They have no clue. And, they could not care less about getting a clue. It's all about them. It's not about the country, our way of life. What a bunch of useless, spoiled brats. The 60's are long gone. They are brain dead.
General Petraeus was in Iraq in 2003. He wasn't seeing the war run as he thought it should be run. He wasn't being listened to by Rumsfeld. He continued on with his assessments, his honest opinions, anyway. What happened to him? He was sent to Fort Leavenworth as the commander there and denied a promotion that was due him. We won't get into my thoughts on Rumsfeld. So, what did he do at Fort Leavenworth, with some time on his hands? He wrote the book on counter-terrorism, the insurgency. HE WROTE THE DAMN BOOK. No one has ever questioned his integrity. His integrity cost him a promotion, a new assignment back to the States.
The left are not worthy to be talking to him in the first place. It is surreal that they are so emboldened by the hateful people controlling the puppets that they call this General and the hardworking Ambassador liars, as though this is perfectly normal behavior. Who the hell do they think they are?
I am really disgusted with the Republicans. They should be out every hour, on the hour, expressing support for our military, for the General, the Ambassador, and letting the sun shine on these traitors on the left. Their total contempt for the military used to be hidden behind the scenes. Spoken in private conversations. Sent in draft dodging letters, as Clinton did when he said he 'detested' the military. Then when he and the mrs. got into the White House they used the military guards as butlers, waiters at State Dinners. White trash gone wild.
The left is in 9/10 mode. They think we must get out of the war now. They have absolutely no idea what to do after that. They want us to lose. Why? I have no idea. I can't even wrap my brain around that way of thinking. They are hateful, self-loathing bullies. Absolutely clueless to the big picture. They want to be on the defense, not the offense. They have no worth as human beings in our country. They don't deserve the efforts of our military.
So very 9/10. So very last century.