Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Why Are The Republicans Not Complaining About "Playing Politics" Now?

How many times have you heard republicans lament every time the Dems present a proposal contrary to their beliefs by suggesting the Dems are playing politics, or politicizing an issue? If I had a hundred bucks for every time that happened, I could own a share of Berkshire Hathaway Common stock by now.

But let's have a look at the republican "plan" to politicize the issue regarding "supporting" our troops. Really, when they trumpet their accusations and point the wagging finger of blame at the Dems, perhaps the finger aught be turned about and pointed inward.

As to politicizing the issue, one would get the sense that playing politics was something to be avoided. But nay, Helen Thomas get's this admission and confession from Tony Snow's replacement, Dana Perino:
Q How does the President feel about his Republicans on the Hill tossing the ball back to him and letting him hold the bag, basically, on a veto on pullout, which is against the will of the American people?

MS. PERINO: Yes, I read reporting this morning that indicated that somehow the Senate Republicans were defying the President. Actually, that's not the case. In fact, last week, when the President met with the Senate Republican leadership, they talked about needing to go ahead and get this vote over with, and get the bill to the President's desk so he could veto it, so that they could go on and get to the business of presenting the President a clean bill.

Q So it was a plan, really?

MS. PERINO: Yes, and if you look at the President's remarks on Friday, he indicated that.

Q Doesn't this go against the will of the American people who want to pull out?
So, who is really playing politics with our troops in harms way? You be the judge.


Anonymous said...

To make a mistake and not to correct it is to make another mistake. - Chinese proverb

On the link:

MS. PERINO: I think the President has been very clear that they don't want to pull out if it means losing. And the President has said that -- [Emphasis added]

Q How does losing -- losing what?

MS. PERINO: The President has made it clear that the goal is to make sure that we can stabilize Baghdad, especially, so that the politicians in Baghdad can do the work that they need to do in order to reconcile politically and get the economic engine going, so that the security situation can not only stabilize in Baghdad, but then spread throughout the country.

By larding on more stringent criteria, 'A chicken in every pot,' the Administration defines every pull-out option a loser.

We went to Iraq to eliminate Iraq's WMDs. That done, everything else is an Administration construct to save face over there not being WMDs. Bush sent the US Army on a fool's errand.

windspike said...

Anon, great thinking. I'm elevating your comment to the front page here and at team BIO.

Blog on anon, blog on all.