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Wednesday, August 17, 2005


Current? Events.

Kos over at DailyKos has printed a whole slew of quotes from the opposition party about the President's use of troops abroad:
"You can support the troops but not the president."
"Well, I just think it's a bad idea. What's going to happen is they're going to be over there for 10, 15, maybe 20 years."
"Explain to the mothers and fathers of American servicemen that may come home in body bags why their son or daughter have to give up their life?"
"[The] President . . . is once again releasing American military might on a foreign country with an ill-defined objective and no exit strategy. He has yet to tell the Congress how much this operation will cost. And he has not informed our nation's armed forces about how long they will be away from home. These strikes do not make for a sound foreign policy."
"American foreign policy is now one huge big mystery. Simply put, the administration is trying to lead the world with a feel-good foreign policy."
"If we are going to commit American troops, we must be certain they have a clear mission, an achievable goal and an exit strategy."
"I had doubts about the bombing campaign from the beginning . . I didn't think we had done enough in the diplomatic area."
"I cannot support a failed foreign policy. History teaches us that it is often easier to make war than peace. This administration is just learning that lesson right now. The President began this mission with very vague objectives and lots of unanswered questions. A month later, these questions are still unanswered. There are no clarified rules of engagement. There is no timetable. There is no legitimate definition of victory. There is no contingency plan for mission creep. There is no clear funding program. There is no agenda to bolster our over-extended military. There is no explanation defining what vital national interests are at stake. There was no strategic plan for war when the President started this thing, and there still is no plan today"
"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is."
Of course, these quotes aren't from Democrats, and they aren't about Shrub's use of troops in Iraq... these are quotes from Republicans, responding to Bill Clinton's commitment of troops to Bosnia, a military action that resulted in... wait for it... zero American military losses. Not one. Who are the speakers above? In order, they are Representative Tom DeLay (R-TX), Representative Joe Scarborough (R-FL) (now a talking head on MSNBC), Fox News talking head Sean Hannity, Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), DeLay again, Karen Hughes speaking on beahlf of Governor George W. Bush (R-TX), Senator Trent Lott (R-MS), DeLay once more, and Governor Bush a second time. How the songs of the birds hawks can change...

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