Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Simply Mind Boggling

I don't do politics much here. I thought I'd reached outrage fatique, and believe it or not I do have friends (some very close) who vote and think very differently than I do politically, and I try to respect their beliefs. And frankly, politics doesn't interest me nearly as much as other things.

But sometimes I just get fed up, and I realize that polite discourse is impossible and that something just has to be said. For example, these quotes just make me want to run screaming away from civilization and live on a mountaintop somewhere. (Hat tip to kos.)

"You can support the troops but not the president."
--Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)

"Well, I just think it's a bad idea. What's going to happen is they're going to be over there for 10, 15, maybe 20 years."
--Joe Scarborough (R-FL)

"Explain to the mothers and fathers of American servicemen that may come home in body bags why their son or daughter have to give up their life?"
--Sean Hannity, Fox News, 4/6/99

"[The] President . . . is once again releasing American military might on a foreign country with an ill-defined objective and no exit strategy. He has yet to tell the Congress how much this operation will cost. And he has not informed our nation's armed forces about how long they will be away from home. These strikes do not make for a sound foreign policy."
--Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA)

"American foreign policy is now one huge big mystery. Simply put, the administration is trying to lead the world with a feel-good foreign policy."
--Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)

"If we are going to commit American troops, we must be certain they have a clear mission, an achievable goal and an exit strategy."
--Karen Hughes, speaking on behalf of George W Bush

"I had doubts about the bombing campaign from the beginning . . I didn't think we had done enough in the diplomatic area."
--Senator Trent Lott (R-MS)

"I cannot support a failed foreign policy. History teaches us that it is often easier to make war than peace. This administration is just learning that lesson right now. The President began this mission with very vague objectives and lots of unanswered questions. A month later, these questions are still unanswered. There are no clarified rules of engagement. There is no timetable. There is no legitimate definition of victory. There is no contingency plan for mission creep. There is no clear funding program. There is no agenda to bolster our over-extended military. There is no explanation defining what vital national interests are at stake. There was no strategic plan for war when the President started this thing, and there still is no plan today"
--Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)

"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is."
--Governor George W. Bush (R-TX)

They are talking about the intervention in Kosovo. Of course, now that we have troops in Iraq they are steadfast in these beliefs because they reflect their core conservative philosphies, right? Wait a minute, what? They aren't? The rank stink of partisanship and hypocrisy here is just overpowering. Of course, anything is in bounds if a democrat is president; make nary a peep now, and you're branded a traitor. God forbid we question the President on anything. He keeps his pecker in his pants--isn't that good enough?

Witness the mud they're dragging Cindy Sheehan through right now, particularly Fox News (no link for them). What's her crime? Asking the same damn questions as they did in 1999. Who cares what her motives are. Who cares whether she's changed her mind on the war. Who cares what the hell Anne Coulter thinks. Just answer her damn questions!

I think a lot of citizens are interested in the answer.

My only apology for this post is drawn from William Blake: "The voice of righteous indignation is the voice of God".

UPDATE: Paul Begala has this exactly right.

NP: "All You Fascists" - Billy Bragg & Wilco (and yes this one is on purpose)

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