2007/09/14

The GOP's 'Small Price'

John Boehner (R OH) did us a great service on Wednesday's edition CNN's Situation Room by waxing nonsensical on what the Iraq War means. With a single quote he demonstrated everything that is wrong with the GOP's addled thinking on the issue:
I think General Petraeus outlined it pretty clearly. We’re making success. We need to firm up those successes. We need to continue our effort here because, Wolf, long term, the investment that we’re making today will be a small price if we’re able to stop al Qaeda here, if we’re able to stabilize the Middle East, it’s not only going to be a small price for the near future, but think about the future for our kids and their kids.
So let's break it down.

First: Patraeus lied in his testimony. Everybody knows it, and yet the GOP continues to support a rosy picture of Iraq created from whole cloth by Bu$hCo apparatchiks.

Second: The 'investment we're making today' is money being thrown down the toilet with no measurable progress in stemming terrorism. It is not 'small'. It is borrowed straight from foreign creditors, and it will be paid off by our children, our grand-children, their children, and by generations to come.

Third: The Middle East today is demonstratively less stable, and the political situation degrades by the week...by the day...by the hour. In fact, every minute that the Bush Administration continues to meddle in the Middle East makes the United States less safe.

Fourth: As pointed out at The Horse's Mouth, the so-called sacrifices fall, without exception, elsewhere than on our leaders and especially not on a GOP leadership made up of witless chickenhawks who, in their utter hypocrisy, describe those sacrifices as their own.

So thanks Rep. Boehner. You're a credit to your party.

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A nonsensical Repub, am so surprised. NOT.
Our kids and our kid's kids will all be able to join the military because we are still fighting in the Middle East
Catherine... I guess even more than nonsensical...the man is a tool.

Scott... Looking that way, in fact wasn't there a recent report (at Raw Story?) saying how the administration was planning a permanent presence in Iraq. Now all we need is an enemy (Iran?), and it will be just like the Korean Peninsula all over again.
Usually, in times of trouble, someone with intelligence and wisdom is thrown up.

The current crop of leaders both those in power and those potentially in power in the future makes everyone want to throw up!

BARRFFFFFFFFF!
This past June, one of my former students came to see me right before our last crop of 8th graders graduated. Joe had graduated high school the week before. The very next week, he was headed for Marine Corps boot camp. Which means that in a very few months, he will probably be overseas.

Joe was a student who was "classified" when we had him, which meant he received special services. His problem was not physical or academic, however. He came from a home where his mother and older sister were addicted to drugs, and where another older sister was living with her infant child. Joe was the man of the house. That he got up and came to school every day, and worked hard and got good grades, was a tribute to Joe. From the first day I met him, I admired him, but I also worried because I knew that Joe's dream was to be a Marine. To prove his worth, and to get away.

Joe may die in Iraq or Afghanistan. He may be terribly wounded, or psychologically maimed. He may be ordered to do terrible things. Any way you slice it, when he comes home to us, he will not be the same.

Rep. Boehner does not know war. He only pimps one. His comments defame and undermine our troops more than anything MoveOn.org or any liberal has yet said about this war because he has devalued their lives.

Joe's life is no small price. Rep. Boehner is a disgrace.
So thanks Rep. Boehner. You're a credit to your party.

Would be nice if actually paid some kind of political price, especially when you read something like what quakerdave just posted. On one hand, you can respect the desire for service to your country, but on the other, it's in the service of nefarious means. Let's hope he comes back in one piece, physically AND mentally.
The saddest part is that some of the families of the fallen soldiers actually believe in what Boner said.

I guess it's easier to live in denial than face the truth.
To Boner and his cronies, some of us are expendable.
no sadly ALL of us are expendable..we always were..and will be ...and yes, Boner is a tool...and I live in Ohio..I can say that...cuz we say that here..he is not loved.
Daniel... Some are better than others, but generally you're right. In my opinion the leaders we have now are the worst in a lifetime.

QuakerDave... On the one hand Boehner may be completely deluded. That would be a shame, but I don't happen to believe it. He knows exactly the lies that emanate from his pie-hole. Therefore, "A disgrace" is putting it mildly.

Randal... Here's to hoping.
Lizzy... See the above comment. Boehner isn't in denial. He knows exactly what the f*ck he's doing.

Nvisiblewmn, E4E... Quite the opposite, I think. None of us are expendable. We're the life blood of profit that allows CEO's to make 400 times what the average worker makes.

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