In the immortal words of Stealer's Wheel (music and lyrics by Joe Egan and Jerry Rafferty), I'm "trying to make sense of it all, Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you."
IRAQ WAR FUNDING
I'm trying so hard to be fair to Nancy Pelosi and the rabidly anti-war fanatics. These folks are angry. In fact, they're mad as hell and determined to take on all comers in their quest to end the war now. Even though she is a true believer in the need to exit Iraq, she is also under extreme pressure from the anti-war mob. Democrats are no more safe than Republicans.
Still, the current bill narrowly passed by the House, and cobbled together through bribes and arm twisting worthy of a real Congressional investigation, is a nightmare. It's a nightmare for the military, who Pelosi completely and utterly ignores. It's a nightmare for our allies, who Pelosi completely and utterly ignores.
But it is hell on earth for the Iraqi people who will pay the ultimate price of war, death, destruction and, ultimately, a return to political slavery under the rule of another megalomaniac, one likely to make the Saddam Hussein look benevolent.
And just when President Bush finally got it right. Just when a real general, a brilliant strategist, is finally placed in control of Iraqi action. Just when the poor people of Bagdad are able to see a light at the end of the tunnel.
Sadly, the light is just Nancy Pelosi and the onrushing train to carry our troops home. Although not before she kills thousands by staging a political fight with a President who will not yield to her stupidity.
I'm personally praying there is a coalition of intelligent Democrats and Republicans who can usurp the Democrat House leadership and put together a real 218 vote majority of people who aren't determined to destroy both this nation and Iraq.
Sure, President Bush will ultimately get the blame because he started an unnecessary war and then failed miserably to manage the transition to peace. He deserves the blame. The nation should never forgive his arrogance and ignorance.
But Nancy Pelosi is falling to mob rule. And this mob is about to hang all the wrong people. It won't be George Bush or Dick Cheney swinging from the nearest tree, it's our soldiers and the innocent people of Iraq.
As the ultimate testimony of just how very much I disagree with Nancy Pelosi and the anti-war fanatics, I'm going to quote and fully endorse President Bush's remarks Friday:
|The purpose of the emergency war spending bill I requested was to provide our troops with vital funding. Instead, Democrats in the House, in an act of political theater, voted to substitute their judgment for that of our military commanders on the ground in Iraq. They set rigid restrictions that will require an army of lawyers to interpret. They set an arbitrary date for withdrawal without regard for conditions on the ground. And they tacked on billions for pet projects that have nothing to do with winning the war on terror. This bill has too much pork, too many conditions and an artificial timetable for withdrawal.|
As I have made clear for weeks, I will veto it if it comes to my desk. And because the vote in the House was so close, it is clear that my veto would be sustained. Today's action in the House does only one thing: it delays the delivering of vital resources for our troops. A narrow majority has decided to take this course, just as General Petraeus and his troops are carrying out a new strategy to help the Iraqis secure their capital city.
Amid the real challenges in Iraq, we're beginning to see some signs of progress. Yet, to score political points, the Democratic majority in the House has shown it is willing to undermine the gains our troops are making on the ground.
DARFUR & THE 2008 OLYMPICS
I, for one, have always stood firmly against using the Olympics as a political tool. The Olympics bring the world together. It is a real shown of global peace and global unity. Mankind is one, at least for two weeks.
However, the entire world seems to have fallen into a peaceful sleep of near total ignorance about the continuing holocaust in the Sudan.
Talk about hell on earth. Ann Curry did an excellent report for the NBC nightly news from Darfur this week. Depending on when you read this journal entry, you might be still able to view it on MSNBC here.
So when French Presidential Candidate Francois Bayrou forcefully came out in favor of boycotting the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, it did give me pause.
I wear the green wristband that says "Not on My Watch." But am I doing all I can to end the suffering in Darfur. I'm certain I'm not doing enough.
The President, who has done much, is now hopelessly entangled with the hungry for political blood Congress. The Democrats, whom I have long loved, have totally forgotten about human rights. It's all Bush, all the time up on capitol hill. Investigate. Subpoena. And, maybe Impeach.
The public cares so much more about the paternity of Anna Nichole Smith's daughter than they care about dead and raped women in Darfur.
Reporters are sent to the Bahamas like the paid vacation it is. Only Ann Curry, who has made Darfur her personal mission, has the courage and clout to go to Darfur and then force NBC to devote two and one half minutes to the disaster that makes both Iraq and Katrina look like a school yard brawl.
So, perhaps we need to see what we can do to wake up the world. And, just perhaps, to distract the politicians in Washington from their perpetual and meaningless war of subpoenas and hearings into non-events designed only to reduce the presidency to rubble.
From the Associated Press:
China — a U.N. Security Council permanent member with veto power — opposes any sanctions against Sudan, where it is the biggest foreign investor.
Polls show Bayrou trailing a close third behind Socialist Segolene Royal and narrow front-runner Nicolas Sarkozy, of Chirac’s ruling conservative party, before the first round of voting on April 22. Chirac is not seeking a third term, and he endorsed Sarkozy on Wednesday.
Jokers to the right,
Here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you."
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