This is the Iran that supplied the Iraqi terrorists and death squads with funds
, weaponry, explosives, soldiers, and leadership. The same Iran that is working on
a nuclear weapon that the president has repeatedly claimed will be used against Israel
. Iran is the reason that the conflict continued as long as it did, that things were as rough in Iraq as they have been for these years. It was Iran
who supplied IEDs
that blew up coalition soldiers and Iraqi people. It was Iran
who supplied the weaoons
to kill soldiers
, the training
to fight and kill and destroy. Iran is arming
the al`Qaeda troops in Afghanistan
as well, and are said to be in meetings
with the terrorist organization. It was only the efforts of the US military and President Bush that led to a halt
of many of these operations in Iraq.
Iran has about as much goodwill for Iran and the coalition troops as Michael Moore has for President Bush. They were doing everything short of a full scale invasion of the country to prevent stability and peace in Iraq. They were using every means possible to destabilize, destroy, and afflict the entire nation, determined to prevent a peaceful non Muslim
democracy from being a neighbor. They are the nation that declared war on the US in 1979 and have acted on it for all this time.
The government of Iran in no way, under no circumstances, in any conceivable way contributed to the peace in Iraq by any semblance of goodwill. I know that at least some of the people
of Iran had goodwill toward their neighbors and the US, but not the government. This is one of the most shockingly insulting, offensive, idiotic, and unbelievable statements ever uttered by a US politician. This is the woman who is two steps from the presidency if God forbid there was some catastrophe. She is a leader in congress, one of the heads of the Democratic Party, she has a responsibility to not even consider
this kind of vomit, let alone say it in a clueless manner.
She delivered it in a way that clearly was unaware of how unspeakable and horrible it was. It was like someone dumping rat poison in the soup cauldron at a mess hall for the soldiers, without even thinking there was anything that could
be wrong with it.
How could someone say anything this awful? I believe it comes from a basic worldview and a need to hold a political position.
First, for folks like Nancy Pelosi, war is childish and immature, it is like boys fighting with sticks or playing cowboys and indians, it is something we should outgrow, but some unenlightened among us, some more immature never do. Adults would solve situations without shooting
each other, after all. War is simply wrong, it always is a failure, it represents bloodthirsty and stupid people in charge.
Thus, the military is a mechanism of failure, of testosterone-driven uneducated and simple, possibly inbred hicks from flyover country. They represent a place to put these people and keep them busy with drills and delivering food to needy places, not fighting. The smart, the enlightened, the truly mature are able to solve problems and deal with evil by using negotiation, diplomacy, by reaching out to them and letting them know you are their friend
. This is what drives former president Jimmy Carter to say something like this
Mr Carter said Iranians had a right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes but he understood the concerns that it raised in Israel.
He added: "The US should say 'we want to be your friend'".
Mr Carter said they should normalise trade relations with Iran.
"We want to help with technology to build a peaceful nuclear programme," he added.
The reason they are so upset is our fault, naturally. They would be fine if only we'd be nice to them. The fact that it failed utterly for President Carter the first time is irrelevant, it just needs to be tried again
. It will work, because they're so smart and good at it that they can talk anyone, anywhere out of their nasty ways. It is just a matter of approach.
You cannot, therefore, give the credit to the military for success, they can't achieve anything good with their bombs and their guns. War, good god y'all, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing, says Nancy Pelosi. You succeed by diplomacy, by working through channels. Clearly it was negotiations with the Iranians that did the job, and even if it wasn't well this paves the way for future negotiations, possibly with the wonderful and understanding Jimmy Carter.
Second, the Drum Principle applies, sadly. Were Nancy Pelosi to admit that yes, the surge worked, it was a good idea, and it did just what the right and President Bush said it would. This will not do. There must be a way to spin this, to make it seem like Bush got lucky, that he got help, that it turned out that way despite the best efforts of the fumbling chimp Bush.
What's more, the ever present fear is that the US will engage in military action against Iran (who, by all objective standards deserves a spanking) and thus the original context of the Drum Principle comes into play. Kevin Drum stated his position of abandoning what he believed in and claimed to stand for because it might help President Bush build momentum and public approval for military action against Iran. Thus, he didn't bother saying anything against the horrors of the nation, he refused to condemn the evils of the oppressive religious regime. It didn't matter that these guys stood for everything
that he opposes, it didn't matter that everything he condemns as horrible they did and still do.
It still doesn't matter. You keep your mouth shut, and even spin matters in any way necessary to avoid giving President Bush any credit or possible leverage to use in what they are certain is a plan to invade Iran. As the Weekly Standard points out
, just two months ago, Speaker Pelosi cautioned any enthusiasm regarding the incredible success of the surge in Basra:
"I hope we don't hear any glorification of what happened in Basra."
Naturally, we can't give the military credit or glory for their work. That would be wrong, unseemly, too useful to President Bush. Iran now, sure you can give them credit, even where it is utterly inappropriate. Our own boys? Hey, they're only in Iraq because they were too stupid to stay out of the military.
Giving Iran credit for goodwill in it's surrender, humiliation, and shameful defeat in Iraq is like giving the Nazi party credit for Hitler committing suicide or the retreat out of France. Good job boys, you cared so much for peace you retreated! Lets give them all a hand of applause. It's like giving the Klan credit for falling apart and not lynching blacks and Jews any more. Goodwill
I have no doubt the uncontained fury of military folks and the outrage of the general public will wash over Speaker Pelosi and a retraction and apology that really isn't either will be issued by her soon. Yet this is on the record.
This is what the leadership of the Democratic Party stands for.
Tip of the Pirate Hat to Ace of Spades Headquarters
for the Pelosi info.