7.16.2007

Is It Can Be Fingerpointing Time?

Do you guys remember that time when George Bush decided to invade Iraq and nearly every Republican supported his war without question? Well, the invasion went awry and now it's time for those Republicans to start accepting credit for their support. Right? Right?

Wrong. From CNN:

A Republican senator says he warned top White House aide Karl Rove that President Bush quickly needs to craft a workable plan to withdraw U.S. troops fom Iraq in order to salvage his legacy.

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Voinovich added that other Republicans are close to speaking out against the President’s current strategy.

“I won’t mention anyone’s name. But I have every reason to believe that the fur is going to start to fly, perhaps sooner than what they may have wanted.”

In private, Voinovich is more blunt, using a profanity to describe the White House’s handling of Iraq by charging the administration “f—ed up” the war.

It's absolutely dishonest for a supporter of this war to come out now and say that the current strategy isn't working. Bush's strategy hasn't really changed since he landed on the jet carrier and announced that we won the war. He's played musical chairs with approximately the same number of troops and generals while redefining the terms of "success" for the Iraqi government. If you supported this shell game back in 2005, there's no reason for you to stop now.

Voinovich should be honest and say that the White House's handling of Iraq has "f--ed up" the election. That's the driving force behind this warning to Karl Rove. It's not a matter of American or Iraqi casualties. It's not a matter of costs or return on investment. They expected their constituents to support their Dear Leader for Life. When they discovered that wasn't the case, they began looking for a way to wash their hands of the situation which leads us to "the blame game". Unfortunately for them, the people who deserve blame are all Republicans so they have to start pointing at the people with the least to lose. That, of course, would be their Dear Lame Duck.

There's another meme here that worries me; the idea that this war was a good idea but the Administration screwed up the well-conceived plan. Or in Voinovich's terms, the Administration fucked it up. I'm afraid that the American people may think the same (and in twenty years they will support President Jenna Bush when she wants to invade Venezuela.) I hope the Democrats hit these defecting Republicans hard when (and if) they begin to point fingers.

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