All the Democrats have to do is sit back and watch as Senators destroy American policy for the next twenty years. This morning, Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA) and John Warner (R-VA) had offered two of five competing resolutions on how to stop the president from sending additional troops to Iraq.
Late this afternoon, Specter and Warner, stepping out of a Las Vagas Wedding Parlour, announced they had wed their two resolutions. Of course they support our troops. Of course they support the president. They just think the troops and the president don't a have a clue what to do.
Not to be outdone, President-I-Hope-To-Be-Elected Barak Obama (D-IL) last night actually set a firm date by which he wants U.S. forces out of Iraq. According to a source with no credibility whatsoever, Obama threw darts at a bulletin board and came up with March 31, 2008.
What's so frustrating is that Bush has put people, who are alleged to have brains instead of straw in their heads, in an intolerable position. Lying about starting the war, castrating our efforts in Afghanistan, not sending in enough troops in the beginning, having no concept or plan to win the peace, being led around by the diplomatic nose by Iran, totally failing to understand the lengths to which some Shiites and Sunnis will act against their own best interests — if that's not enough for Impeachment and Conviction, it should be.
But what liberals, conservatives, libertarians, and Lithuanians seem to continually forget is the effect an American pullout would have on our reputation around the world. And, as someone used to say, make no mistake about it, we ain't gonna win this war in 2008, which means we're going to have the moral equivalent of helicopters rescuing the last Americans from Hanoi, totally destroying any Nixon/Kissinger myth that we'd achieved peace with honor.
Osama bin Laden was encouraging the U.S. to invade Iraq before the invasion. Wouldn't you think an intelligent person would ask why? Like taking pressure off the Afghanistan/Pakistan border? Trapping the Americans in a tribal quagmire created by Europe after World War I and never resolved? Creating a single focal point for the recruitment and training of more lunatic Arabs who'd give up this life for 17 virgins?