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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Don't read my lips

So much for bipartisanship. It all depends on the meaning of the word listen.

I was pretty much convinced we were witnessing another don't ready my lips moment when Dick Cheney took to CNN to blame Congress, the liberal media, Iraqis and, most of all Democrats, for the failure to appreciate that we are winning in Iraq.

Robert Gates, channeling his predecessor Donald Rumsfeld, added to my certainty by equating debate with treason. But it was the latest pronouncement from "The Decision Maker" that makes it (as George Tenet would say) a slam dunk.

I remain shocked and awed that after six years George Bush and his cronies still consider the Constitution akin to Kleenex, something to be ignored in their single-minded pursuit of a "unitary executive" otherwise known as a dictatorship.
"I’m the decision maker, and I had to come up with a way forward that precluded disaster."
It's not already a disaster when US troops are targeted as part of an ever-increasingly violent civil war between Sunnis and Shiites, promoted by an Iraqi government that does not want us there?

It is now time for the Democratic Congress to work in concert with Republicans such as Chuck Hagel and John Warner, to craft a meaningful, binding resolution to remind the Decision Maker that he serves at the pleasure of the American people -- who are pretty ticked off right now.

I've never been a big fan of the I-word because if its ability to further inflame right wingnuts. But we're reaching the point where they represent as little as one-quarter of the public. If American men and women continue to die -- along with countless thousands of Iraqis -- simply to appease the hard right, then we have bigger problems on the left than mere "treason."

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Blogger Minor Ripper said...

Ahhh...Our VP Mr. Cheney, he's one in a million, isn't he?? What a genuinely nice guy. Not sure if you've seen seen this Daily Show 'interview' or not, but it's pretty hilarious stuff:

January 27, 2007 10:35 AM  

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