"Leaders are wary of allowing the more intense anti-war activists define the party's image."
Yet, the speeches go on and on. I can't recall so much debate over a non-binding resolution. Normally, I listen to congressional hearings on NPR. Is NPR carrying these speeches? Frankly, I can't listen to it. It's a lot of hot air.
Question: Doesn't Congress have something to do? We have a lot of other issues.
War critics need to put up or shut up. Cut the funding or get out of the way. If the war is so unpopular, why can't they pull the plug?
Jonathan Gurwitz got it right in War wafflers unlikely thinking of anyone but selves :
"Among the many wafflers are members of Congress from both parties and one former vice president who were privy to classified intelligence reports and briefings.
They championed and voted for the Iraq Liberation Act, signed into law by President Clinton, which declared it "the policy of the United States to seek to remove the Saddam Hussein regime from power in Iraq and to replace it with a democratic government."
They thundered — in no uncertain terms — about the dire threat Baathist Iraq posed to American allies and interests.
And they voted to authorize President Bush to use military force against Saddam because, as Sen. John Kerry, who served on the Senate Select Intelligence Committee from 1993 to 2001, explained, "I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a threat, and a grave threat, to our security and that of our allies in the Persian Gulf region."
Show me some courage. Or wake me up when one of these Democrats actually calls for a cut in funding.
Otherwise, we are simply watching PROFILES IN IMMORAL COWARDICE by Rick Moran:
"The Democrats say they ran on a platform of bringing new leadership and new ideas on the war. All right then.
Give us new ideas – even if those ideas involve forcing the President to remove the troops from Iraq.
Cowering in the face of tough political choices only reinforces the notion that you don’t have the guts to lead this country in its hour of greatest need.
Simply put, this “strategy” is unworthy of a majority party.
Perhaps if you start acting like you run the place, you’ll grow a pair and wake up one day national leaders who can stand on two feet rather than sneak your agenda for the war through using legislative tricks and sleight of hand.
For shame, I say. Shame on you."
Again, show me some courage. Take a binding position.
Yesterday, I heard Rudy Giuliani blasting Congress over this debate over a non-binding resolution. As Giuliani said, we pay these people to make decisions rather than hot air.