Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Too Much Talk

Jules Crittenden on all the talk in Washington.
OK, that’s not exactly what they said. I’m sorry, it was necessary to take some liberties to help them say what they wanted to say.

On Friday, Congress will vote on the following non-binding resolution. This is really what it says:

(1) Congress and the American people will continue to support and protect the members of the United States Armed Forces who are serving or who have served bravely and honorably in Iraq; and
(2) Congress disapproves of the decision of President George W. Bush announced on Jan. 10, 2007, to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq.

It’s a curious document. Support the troops, protect them, but disapprove of what they are doing … honorably. A sort of Escher resolution, inscribed on embossed Moebius stock. If it represented real, binding action, it would be entirely self-negating. In far Waziristan, where until a few short years ago Congress was a thing unheard of, even al-Qaeda No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri is disgusted with these dithering do-nothings. They started out with such promise!

“The people chose you due to your opposition to Bush’s policy in Iraq, but it appears that you are marching with him to the same abyss,” al-Zawahiri admonishes in his latest tape. “The bills to cut funding and start immediate withdrawals from Iraq just aren’t moving fast enough. All this blah blah blah! This yada yada yada!”

OK, he didn’t say the second part. But even a cave-dwelling terrorist 10,000 miles away can see that the Democrats are skittish about taking real action. When you take action, things happen, there are consequences.
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