Friday, January 12, 2007
hillary goes to iraq
Today, msnbc debated why Hillary Clinton visited Iraq while senate hearings were held on the war there. The msnbc debaters determined that her visit was an attempt to strengthen her presidential bid in 2008. Maybe so, but here's my take on her visit. Hillary voted for the war. Had she attended the hearings, she would be expected to criticize the invasion rationale(s), planning and the conduct of the war thus far. She should rightfully criticize both the rationale and planning of this war, though it is difficult to use the words rationale and planning when describing anything allegedly led by w. Any criticism she may offer, especially if such criticism is as deservedly and harshly realistic as that offered by senator Fiengold would give opponents the opportunity to play the flip-flop card against her in 2008. Democrat nominee hopefuls have studied the John Kerry primer on how to lose an election and are determined to avoid all the pitfalls that befell Kerry. "No flip flop here" will say Hillary, "I was there with the troops. I felt their pain". Now we all know when tricky dick cheney and his ilk visit the troops, it's not for a night patrol in Al-Anbar province or a fire suppression force recon mission in sadr city. No indeed, a fire arms enthusiast like the president of vice is there for a sit down (rarely does he stand. remember the vice-presidential debates of 2004?). His dinner with the rear echelon will be catered by the finest gourmet chefs black water, inc. can kidnap from all over the world. w won't even bat an eye when his boss brings back the tab for that dinner either. halliburtons stock will go up, the price of light sweet crude will top $60 a barrel and w will sleep like a baby. Hell, w won't even whine when his baby sitter condi tells him it's bedtime: 9:30p.m. w's not allowed to watch television any later than that. James Dobson and Pat Robertson might cut off his allowance if they knew he watched all that PG-13 rated garbage on TV at those hours. Wait now, we were talking about Hillary weren't we? When Hillary goes to Iraq, she best pack a lunch. No telling what the good folks at kellog, brown and root will slip into her meal-ready to eat. Hillary isn't going to Iraq to drive a troop transport down IED boulevard or provide covering fire for a med-evac mission. No, she is going there to cover her ass. She will provide no flip flop ammo for her 2008 opponents by attending the war hearings. While w's war approval ratings sink from 20% to absolutely zero, nil, nada, not even a high five from from bill o'lielly percent, she still has time to say: "Sorry, I didn't mean to vote for that war. I got lied to. w sounded so convincing when he said it was because: saddam planned 9-11; wmds; al-qaeda; bin-laden; democracy; purple fingers; et al. See, I get lied to so much that I've found that it is best to play along until the lie just kind of sorts itself out." This game plan leaves her a pretty good out no matter what happens in Iraq from here to November 2008. Really though, I wish all the legislators who voted for this war would stand up, say "sorry, I voted the wrong way" and move on to getting our troops out of w's inferno as soon as possible. I will have a difficult time supporting any congresman or senator who voted for this war to begin with. At least an apology and an acknowledgement of the senselessness of w's war from these misled representatives is a step in the right direction. w's weaknesses far outweigh his strengths. In fact, his weaknesses are shutting out his strengths late in the third quarter of his alleged administration. The strengths are down to their third string quarterback, their coach got fired at half time, and their only remaining fans are drunken bottle throwing thugs fighting each other for the beer man's last rack of warm flat draft. Fear not right wingers, w ain't no quitter and it sure as hell ain't his fault the fans all left at halftime. w will still find a way to fumble at the goal line and preserve the weaknesses shutout. Seriously, w's greatest weakness is his inability to recognize and take responsibilty for his mistakes. My point is: when you make a mistake, admit it . That's the first step in correcting your mistake. If Hillary wants to lead the pack of Democrat nominees, she should attend the hearings on the war and hold w and tricky dick accountable for their lies, corruption and incompetence. She needs to admit she was wrong in voting for the invasion of Iraq and join those who will end this thing soon, bring the troops home and prevent the continuance of w's war from becoming an issue in 2008. Flop is the only way to correct flips mistakes. I hope y'all found this rambling informative, enlightening, and above all funny. There will be more to come. Please remember though that while you and I sit comfortably at home surfing the net, American troops are facing the horrors of w's folly. They roast in the desert heat every day wondering if tonights sunset will be the last he or she will ever see. They wonder if they themselves could face the rest of their days paralyzed like the soldier torn apart by todays IED, his blood still dripping on their boots and drying in the sand to remain forever in Iraq. They wonder how long it will be until they can explain to us who did not serve what it was like. Some never will. They hope and pray that they are not the next or last to die in w's war. More than 3000 brave souls already have. Their families wonder why.