Iraq may or may not be George Bush's Vietnam, but to cut and run at this point would be America's Chappaquiddick, a comparison that Senator Kennedy should readily understand. Then again, those who are ignorant of their own history are doomed to repeat it. Ted Kennedy running away didn't help Mary jo Kopechne then, and it won't help the United States now.
It's been a little over a week since Nancy Pelosi became the self-anointed most powerful woman in America, and already the bile is leaving a bad taste in my mouth. So much so, that it will eventually cause my teeth to rot, if not neutralized forthwith.
Her protestations were shameful and indicative of the immaturity to which liberal Democrats approach all matters of grave consequence.
Last November, Pelosi was oozing bipartisanship, pledging to work with Republicans to repair America's trust. But those pledges were made with crossed fingers and pursed lips.
Even before Pelosi was voted Speaker, the House Democratic leadership publicly stated on numerous occasions that in the days to come, the Democrats would not allow any Republican amendments on the first series of bills they would put forth concerning what was to be the substance of their domestic agenda.
The same night she was sworn in as the new Speaker of the House, Pelosi, the champion of ethics reform, was the guest of honor at a $1,000 per plate victory shindig, highlighting her true intentions when it comes to ethics.
As soon as the Democrats became the majority; I mean within minutes, the media was saturated with stories about how New York Congressman Charles"Reinstate The Draft" Rangel evicted Vice President Dick Cheney from his office, which is considered prime real estate.
Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) has yet another case of Delerium Tremens(D.T.). In a speech before the National Press Club, the Gentleman from Massachusetts tried to make the case that --constitutionally speaking-- because the Congressional and Senate leadership failed to exercise their authority to check the President's war powers prior to the commencement of hostilities in Iraq, that they now have the authority to put the brakes on a troop increase for military operations that they themselves gave tacit, and in many cases, overt approval for. Kennedy is wrong. Congress can approve or withhold funding for military action, but they cannot tell the President how to spend those funds. His argument for separation of powers dooms his own case.
Senator Dick Durbin (who has equated US interrogation techniques against enemy detainees to the Waffen SS and the mass murder of Pol Pot) seems to think that moving forward is --in his words--"the wrong direction".
The case has been made by Democrats, time and time again, that Bush has been ignoring the advice of his generals, as well as the will of the American people. So why then has Senator Kennedy ignored the will of a solid 80% of American citizens who want the border secured before we even think about citizenship for any illegal aliens? Because he's a hypocrite who cherry-picks the issues based on rhetoric, instead of principle. He constantly tries to make Bush accountable to the public when it comes to Iraq, but his hypocrisy drowns out all else, much like white noise.
To the Democratic leadership of the House and Senate: Leggo that ego. The President did so with his. He admitted that mistakes were made. He's now attempting to rectify those mistakes and do the right thing. The gravity of the current situation requires that you put your ego aside, shed your defeatist tendencies, and root for the home team, instead of the enemy. 3,000 Americans died in order to leave a legacy of freedom in Iraq. You owe it to them to complete the mission, not retreat.
Right now you are all drunk with power, having imbibed none for over a decade. Pace yourselves, last call is a long way off. If not, you'll end up non responsive, lying in a pool of vomit in the gutter of your own politics, unable to provide the leadership the American people handed you.
If that does happen, we'll be happy to assist in bringing about your sobriety. But you won't like it, because Americans believe in tough love. Our remedy for your hangover is the proverbial hair of the dog, or more precisely, a return to longstanding Republican majority.
Iraq may or may not be George Bush's Vietnam, but to cut and run at this point would be America's Chappaquiddick, a comparison that Senator Kennedy should readily understand.
Then again, those who are ignorant of their own history are doomed to repeat it. Ted Kennedy Running away didn't help Mary jo Kopechne then, and it won't help the United States now.
Jayme Evans is a veteran of the United States Navy, a military analyst, conservative opinion columnist, and an advocate for disabled and other veterans. He has served for many years as a Subject Matter Expert specializing in the testing of systems software for numerous major US organizations. He has extensively studied amateur astronomy and metallurgy, as well as military and US history. His brutally honest, in-your-face political commentary has been published in many west coast newspapers, and he is a regular contributing columnist to a multitude of internet sites, including WebCommentary.com, The Conservative Voice, and Conservative Crusader. Mr. Evans has also written guest editorials for Military Magazine, and he has been a frequent guest columnist on WorldNetDaily, writing about legislative and veteran's issues.