We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Yankee Doodle, keep it up. Some Repubs and many Dems, for whatever reasons, want to run away from Iraq, at a point at which it is well on its way to becoming a functioning democracy in the center of the midde east. Except for a few thousand suicidal lunatics, we, with the millions of normal Iraquis, may be on the verge of an historic accomplishment which would serve the people of the medieval and benighted middle east, the interests of the US, and the security and stability of the world.
I know the Dems mainly want to embarass the Repubs - sometimes at the cost of the US's best interest, it seems - but all these folks need to realize that some things are just plain difficult. That doesn't mean that they are not worth doing. It just means you dig down deep into your persistence and courage, and press on. It's not the American way to run away from tough things, especially when the tough things are just a bunch of raggedy, ignorant nutjobs. We're not exactly facing the German Army, which was truly scary and from which we never ran.
And still I wonder whether the Dems are simply afraid of a Bush success in Iraq, and hope to subvert it. Shame on me for having such a suspicious thought.
From Tony Blankley:
"Monday, for the first time, the foul odor of the Vietnam War denouement wafted through the Senate Chamber during the debate on Iraq. The Democrats called for "estimated dates for the phased redeployment of United States Armed Forces from Iraq … " Phased redeployment was the maneuver the French executed in June 1940, in the days preceding the German occupation of Paris. Phased redeployment is what the Vietnamese boat people did as they swam for their lives away from their homeland."