Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Waaaah waaaaah waaaaah... 
Nancy Pelosi - never a particularly deep thinker - is simply caught out of her depth here -- and goes running to the President.

Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday harshly criticized Democrats' attempts to thwart President Bush's troop buildup in Iraq, saying their approach would "validate the al-Qaida strategy."

A reasonable criticism, and one which I happen to agree with. I don't think anyone can reasonably argue that Al Qaeda, which has a stated policy of aiming to eject the United States from Iraq, has adopted a strategy that, well, aims to eject the United States from Iraq.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (news, bio, voting record) fired back that Cheney was questioning critics' patriotism.

"Fired back?" No. What happened is that the charge is so accurate - and really, so inarguable - that Nancy Peloci and her minions have nothing left to fire back with. And "don't question my patriotism" is not a counterargument in any sense of the term.

The most patriotic person in the country can still be a scoundrel or a fool. Indeed, this postulate has been one of the lynchpins of liberalism since 1965 - and indeed, longer than that, for Samuel Johnson, who first said that "patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" way back in 1775, has been quoted by clucking skeptics for more than 230 years.

No one is arguing that Pelosi or Murtha do not harbor a genuine love for their country - or at least their districts and donors.

I am, however, arguing that both Pelosi and Murtha are fools - and the Vice President has put his finger on precisely why.

"I hope the president will repudiate and distance himself from the vice president's remarks," Pelosi said. She said she tried to complain about Cheney to President Bush but could not reach him.

Too bad. I'm sure the President's phone calls are recorded for posterity. Oh, to be a fly on the wall when Bush simply chuckles and tells Pelosi to grow up.

"You cannot say as the president of the United States, 'I welcome disagreement in a time of war,' and then have the vice president of the United States go out of the country and mischaracterize a position of the speaker of the House and in a manner that says that person in that position of authority is acting against the national security of our country," the speaker said.

This woman is dumber than a pet spork.

Her position - which she again iterates in this very article - is to begin an immediate or near-immediate capitulation withdrawal of American forces in Iraq. This is beyond debate. This would be the fruition of the Al Qaeda strategy to rid the Iraqi people of the forces able to protect them. This is also beyond debate. The Vice President did not mischaracterize her position one iota. Her advocated policy is counter to the national security interests of the United States. Cheney understands this.

Cheney is also locked in a battle of wits with an unarmed person. Welcome to the big leagues, Madman speaker. Here in the big leagues, you are expected to be able to defend your own position and take care of your own rhetoric. Your arguments should stand or fall on their own merits, and if you have to go running to the President because you get your ass handed to you in a debate, then you have already lost.

Go back and find a better argument, or rethink your entire position.

Splash, out


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