Friday, September 07, 2007

"Inability of American troops"

Just a couple days ago Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer said:
And let me be clear: the violence in Anbar has gone down despite the Surge, not
because of the Surge. The inability of American soldiers to protect these tribes
from Al Qaeda said to these tribes, “We have to fight al Qaeda ourselves. It
wasn’t that the surge brought peace here. (emphasis mine, Sweetness and Light).

Notice that Senator Schumer did not just say, "the inability of U.S. policy" or the "inability of President Bush." He said the inabilty of American soldiers!

So let me get this straight. In Mr. Schumer's mind, if the surge doesn’t work, it’s the fault of President Bush and our troops. If the surge does work, it has nothing to do with President Bush and the troops but is entirely the result of Iraqi war lords?

Or could it be that Senator Schumer has sold his soul to politics to such an extent that if he has to slander our own American men and women in Iraq, he is fully willing to do that just to keep President Bush and the Republicans from scoring political points over the surge?

This is truly despicable. The citizens of New York need to call for this man’s resignation! Schumer is a leader in the Democratic Party. Is this really the party you want leading the country in the next election?


John said...

I understand that it's your most basic instinct to attack everything a Democrat says. But where I come from, "inability" can also refer to something someone can't do because it's impossible. (In this case it could be impossible due to lack of resources, enough troops, the nature of how widespread the violence is, etc.) See this definition (emphasis mine): lack of ability; lack of power, capacity, or means

I don't know for sure what he truly meant. But take a deep breath and at least consider that Democrats don't hate the troops, the notion that you have been spoon-fed and apparently bought into.

Dennis said...

John, I really don't think Democrats hate the troops, but I think many Democrats will believe, say and do anything to score political points against George Bush and that's exactly what they are doing here. If the surge didn't work, they would blame it on Bush. Since the surge is working, they attribute it to anything but Bush. I know Republicans play the same games and I think it is dispicable, regardless of which party is playing.

John said...

If you think the surge is working, you probably don't know that the White House excludes the following acts of violence from its statistics: car bombings(!), people being shot in the front of the head, Shia on Shia violence, Sunni on Sunni violence. And I'm sure I'm missing some things. Does that really sound like an honest assessment to you?

Dennis said...


This would probably be a good thing for Congress to discuss with the General today, to find out if he thinks the surge is really working even considering the factors you mentioned---rather than discrediting the General as a Bush puppet even before they hear his report.

Their pre-emptive strike makes me believe that they are really much more concerned about political damage control than they are about anything else. Of course, I could be wrong. After all, they are "the most ethical Congress in history." :-)