Why doesn’t the GOP just surrender our troops, now?

Okay, this is pretty bad. This is incredibly bad.

A new panel formed by Congress will second-guess Iraq War strategy and reconstruction. It will be chaired by James A. Baker III and Lee Hamilton, and will include former CIA Director Robert Gates; former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Republican; former Clinton adviser Vernon Jordan; former Clinton Chief of Staff Leon Panetta; former Clinton administration Defense Secretary William Perry; former Democratic Sen. Chuck Robb; and Alan Simpson, a Republican former senator from Wyoming.

Whoever heard of a freaking war being fought with a committee second guessing it? Whoever heard of a war that is not full of twists, turns, surprises and adustments.

This is the STUPIDEST thing I have ever heard of, and the fact that Rudy Giuliani is on this incredibly UNBALANCED panel brings little comfort. He’s not going to be able to sit on these people, not when all of them will be struggling to be come the next media whore and “maverick”.

Hugh’s question is a sound one: Which GOP-lead commission let this happen? Hello, GOP? read this. Every word applies. You’re out of chances. The buzzer is sounding, and you lose.

Un. Freaking. Believable. I’m praying it’s a mistaken report or something.

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  • Joseph

    I’m going to chide you a little on your political naivete on this one. Your friends in Congress are finally figuring out that plenty of ordinary people [you know, the ones who don't read the New York Times]are looking at Iraq and not liking what they see. About 60% of the country, by all indications.
    Those 60% are also coming to the conclusion that what they are seeing, and not liking, comes exclusively out of a certain prestiegeous Washington address–to which your friends in Congress have been subservient to the point of syncophantcy.
    The 60% are also becoming aware of this subservience. This is why the overall approval rating of your Congressional friends is doing no better than the President’s [As an aside, my Congressional friends don't do that well either, but as they have been hiding all this time, mum and shivering, in their caucus rooms, the 60% aren't really all that concerned about their opinions on Iraq at the moment].
    Under the circumstances, your Congressional friends have to do something to demonstrate that they really don’t like what they see in Iraq, either. So they are throwing a committee at it. A committee, note well, that contains not a single sitting Senator or Congressperson.
    Now, the odds on this committee having anything serious to say before November of 2006 are vanishingly small. And after November 2006 it really won’t matter what they say.
    After November 2006 the die will be cast and the only serious question will be whether or not the next Republican candidate for President will have to constantly defend the still ongoing war in Iraq during his Presidential campaign.
    Frankly, you are not likely to ever hear from this committee again.

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  • pendell

    “Whoever heard of a freaking war being fought with a committee second guessing it?”


    The American Civil War. The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War was established by rabid abolitionists unconvinced of the loyalty of the nations’ professional officers to their political cause. They broke the careers of several good men. And some bad ones, too.

    Wikipedia Source Here

    There was also the English Civil War, in which many of the Generals were also members of parliament until the situation became so unworkable that Parliament forced it’s own members out of the army and back into politics where they belonged (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-Denying_Ordinance).

    So, yes, it has happened before. There is nothing new under the sun.


    Brian P.
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  • TheAnchoress

    Aw, that’s okay Joe – you’re not the first to call me Naive! :-)

  • TheAnchoress

    Heh. Good thing yer respectable about it, Brian! :-P

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  • Bender B. Rodriguez

    You beat me to it Brian P. Yes, and the President’s response then was to ignore them (and the courts) and do what was necessary to save the Union.

    On a related note, you know, we bought Alaska around that time too. And since they obviously refuse to GO AWAY voluntarily, its time that we put Alaska to good use by sending all of our political has-beens up there forever.

  • fschmieg

    Have you ever noticed that the only people never required to improve or change are those in Congress themselves? They criticize, investigate, and force administrative bureaucracies to change and try to force change on presidential decisions but they are remarkably silent about calls to improve themselves. The 9-11 commission included recommendations for change in both houses of Congress. Not one of these suggestions has been followed. Regarding the call to change lobbying behavior, all of the changes seem to be new rules proposed to control the lobbyists!! The congress people themselves are resisting changes to their own behavior (both sides of the aisle). This is a pathetic bunch.

  • http://benningswritingpad.blogspot.com/ benning

    Jeepers, Bender, what did the Aleut ever do to you?

    Another Commission, more idiots bloviating, more press revelations of absolutely nothing. Same old, same old.