Thursday, January 25, 2007

Cheney's rantings:

It appears that W.'s big 'give war a chance' speech on Tuesday didn't produce the desired results. One day after the speech the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted out a resolution denouncing the New Way Forward by a vote of 12-9. All the Democrats voted for it along with one Republican, Chuck Hagel. Everyone expected Hagel to vote for the resolution, as he's been a critic of the war for a while, but now even Senator Warner has his own resolution calling for W. to cut the crap. When you've lost Warner, you're in deep doo doo. What is a war president to do?

Dick Cheney knows what to do; he told Wolf Blitzer in a very testy interview on CNN that whichever resolution eventually gets passed by the full Senate, "It won't stop us." No matter what the American people want or Congress says, "We are moving forward. The Congress has control over the purse strings. They have the right obviously, if they want, to cut off funding. But in terms of this effort, the president has made his decision." Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!

Of course, I don't think anyone in Congress (besides Jack Murtha) is talking about cutting off funding. That would "validate the terrorists' strategy." The point of the resolution is to say Congress doesn't support the president's surge plan. Cheney says he thinks any resolution would "detrimental from the standpoint of the troops."
He's one to talk about that!

It's kind of funny that Cheney would be implying that Congress was endangering the troops by cutting off funding, when it was he and his old buddy Rummy who sent troops into Iraq in the first place without sufficiently armored vehicles and without body armor. Didn't Rummy say something along the lines of, "You go to war with the Army you have. They’re not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time.?"

I recall reading somewhere that 80% of all the Marines who have died would be still alive today if hey had had the proper armor. [IHT]I also seem to recall Cheney's former company Halliburton was poisoning GIs with contaminated water.[AP]Whose fault was that?

Congress has signed off on every supplemental funding request the administration has asked for since the war began and what is there to show for it; 3,044 U.S. soldiers dead, 34,000 Iraqis dead in the past year and a half trillion dollar price tag for a full blown sectarian civil war that's already spilling over into the region. I wouldn't cut off funding for the troops to stop this war, but maybe cutting off funds to Bush and Cheney might get their attention. Congress should say, 'You want to defy the will of the American people and Congress? Do it on your own dime. Oh, and by the way, we're raising your taxes.'


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