Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Jon Kyl Shills Just Like Judd Gregg

I told you yesterday about the pathetic display by Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH), who went to the Senate floor last week to trot out the same old, worn-out lies about Iraq -- that the Iraq war is linked to 9/11, that Democrats secretly love al Qaeda and that any opposition to Bush's Iraq policy is harming the troops.

Well, Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) took to the floor yesterday to say some of the same old crap announcing, of course, that the effect of any resolution opposing Bush's escalation of the Iraq war is ""a pernicious one" and that objecting to more of our troops being killed for nothing is somehow damaging to them:
"What kind of a message does it send, first of all, to our troops that Congress doesn't support what the President and they are trying to accomplish here; that the Congress thinks we should be going in some other direction… What kind of a message does it send to the allies that the President's policy is going to be undercut to the point that it will not be carried out, and therefore they better begin to hedge their bets? And most important, what message does it send to our enemies? Can they simply decide that in a matter of time, support for the President's policies will have diminished to the point that they won't have to concern themselves with this new strategy anymore if they can wait it out, and they will have an opportunity for success?"
In addition to the bit about hurting the troops, Kyl also seems to be under the illusion that we have a huge number of allies in Iraq who would be discouraged by our discord back home… Gee, and here I thought most of our "allies" had abandoned the doomed Iraq mission and brought their troops home.

But more than anything, Kyl believes we should -- get ready to laugh -- give Bush's latest plan "an opportunity to succeed."
The first is that it is important for us to give the newly announced strategy of the President an opportunity to succeed. That makes sense not only because everyone recognized that the President needed to announce a new strategy -- he has done that, and it seems to me he should be accorded that courtesy -- but also because, from a military standpoint, it is the only thing that makes sense.
Ah, so we need to give Bush the "courtesy" of allowing him to have more American troops killed and even though his "plans" for Iraq have all failed and his latest is just a rehash of what he has tried before, we owe it to him to let him try again.

To the people of Arizona, who just reelected Kyl to another six-year term: Well done. Do you have buyer's remorse yet?