Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Don't stop now Harry ...

Is Ron Elving at www.npr.org as much of a dunce as he seems in this article (All-Nighter Focuses Media Attention on War Pullout)?

Of course, this aggressive strategy is the worst way to make friends and influence people in the Senate. If you really want to romance senators into voting your way, you don't start by forcing them up against the wall. Reid may well find his efforts causing the GOP to circle its wagons more closely than ever, and to become more protective of its president. That may well make it more difficult to bring the war to a swift conclusion.

But the fact is that many in the Senate have already despaired of a swift conclusion to this war. They now expect the September report of Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, to be inconclusive. They expect the president to press on into 2008. And they expect the real crunch to come when, sometime around March of next year, Defense Secretary Robert Gates tells the president there are no more troops available and qualified to rotate into Iraq. At that point, many now believe, meaningful reductions in U.S. troop strength will be unavoidable.

In the first paragraph above Elving criticizes Harry Reid's "aggressive strategy" and parrots the usual media idiocy suggesting that Democratic aggressiveness will just make the GOP Bush kissing Republican Senators worse. Worse than treasonous, lying, cheating, thieving hypocrites? Well, I suppose it's possible, but is that a legitimate reason for the head of the Senate to avoid doing his job? It's certainly the one that's been most in use til now.

Sometimes one must stand up to the bully. And THAT is Harry Reid's job. And I say it's about time and keep is up, dammit, Harry!

Hopefully the Democrats do not plan to go back to non-business as usual tomorrow ...

1 comment:

Tacfire said...

Just for once folks, please understand that impeach speech does nothing to help the situation. Let’s see what you have to offer, post an idea. I’m sure there are those in the Government reading these Blogs (or at least I would hope so). This game of let’s see what the other guy does, then if it goes wrong we can nail him with it. That doesn’t help advance anything except the other side.

I shouldn’t be surprised though, because this attitude is rampant today everywhere. A problem will surface, let’s say a screw needs to be tightened to keep the door knob from falling off. Three people have walked by, with a little screwdriver on their keychains and could have fixed the problem in 5 seconds, but they didn’t. Why, well that’s a good question. Some may not like the maintenance guy, and would like to see him fired. So fixing the screw would help this guy out, and possibly allow him to claim he did a good job. Others are afraid that if they touch the Door Knob, and then something turns up missing, they may be liable or blaimed. Again, it’s not my job, I don’t to get involved. Finally, you have a guy come by, fixes the screw, and when asked by the other two why did you do that. He says, the way I saw it, somebody could have been hurt, or trapped in this room while we debated what to do, or who to call, or who can we blaim this on. I kinda like the Nike slogan “Just do it”. That kinda sums it up don’t you think.

OK, so now that I’ve spent the last 15 minutes typing this, I’m very curious to see how others think. Thanks…...