Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The stupid party

Even liberals may be forced to conceed that the House Democrats' latest Iraq plan is a really dumb idea:
House Democratic leaders are developing an anti-war proposal that wouldn't cut off money for U.S. troops in Iraq while requiring President Bush to acknowledge problems with an overburdened military.

The plan could draw broad bipartisan support but was expected to be a tough sell to members who said they don't think it goes far enough to assuage voters angered by the four-year war.
Does this exercise have a point? The best guess so far is that:
The tactic is more likely to embarrass Bush politically than force his hand on the war. He would have to sign repeated waivers for units and report to Congress those units with equipment shortfalls and other problems.
The major flaw with this plan is obvious: Democrats have been trying to embarass President Bush politically ever since Election Day 2000. A big swath of the mainstream media -- stretching from Hollywood ("Fahrenheit 9/11", "The Day After Tomorrow", and innumerable documentaries), Television (Dan Rather's Texas Air National Guard memos most notably), Music (The Dixie Chicks), Blogs (The Daily Kos, Moveon.Org, etc.), Talk Radio (Air America, NPR) and Newsprint (The New York Times most notably) -- has retooled itself into a political machine devoted to humiliating President Bush on a daily if not hourly basis. Why would anyone think that some slight extra increment of embarassment might finally leverage the Bush Administration into caving in over Iraq?

The real problem is that the House Democrats are prosecuting their political war against the Bush Adminstration, unfortunately, like Democrats. This latest Democratic plan is just another "bomb" dropped from 20,000 ft: the plan will most probably implode harmlessly, but there's a one-in-a-million chance that it KO's something important, thus driving the enemy's chickenhawk leader into a surrender. But it doesn't really matter because the important thing for House Democrats is making sure that they don't take any casulties.


Blogger William said...

We're dealing with a President that talks about nuculur weapons and lies like Clinton.

You are absolutely right, we shouldn't attempt to embarrass Bush. He does that enough to himself.

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