Tuesday, April 8, 2008
General Petraeus vs. 2 Men and a Lady
Today General Petraeus reported to Congress the progress of the surge. I watched some of it and made a point to watch our fearless Presidential nominees question the General. There was some comic relief by some protesters causing a ruckus in the back of the room. I know protesting is a right we as Americans enjoy and I am glad we have that right, but I also have the right to say that most protesters are mentally ill. Not because of their politics, but because of the strangeness in the way they choose to make a point. Borderline "Carrie" characters.
The big three all showed up. Hillary, Obama and John McCain were there to question the General in the form of a speech. They all did the token "thank you for your service" comment, although I think John McCain meant it and the other two did not. Why? Because I am voting for him and he can do no wrong. duh.
Hillary Clinton had a hoarse voice and tried to sound respectful unlike the last time she questioned the General. Last year when questioning him, she acted like she knew more than he did and basically called him a liar. Her famous last words were that the General who was in Iraq and reporting non-partisanly (I may have made up that word. I do that a lot) had a "willing suspension of disbelief" on what was really happening in Iraq. Seems pretty self-assured to know more about military operations when you are a Senator and all you do is say yes or no to proposed laws. This time she tried to sound more humble and "politely" disagreed with the General who again is in Iraq running things. I am not going to lie. I was so stinking bored with her little speech that I barely paid attention to what she had to say. I did catch a blurb about her disagreeing about blah, blah, blah and something to do with a whatchamacallit doohickey timetable question. Sorry I was dozing off just trying to recall what she said. I suppose you could say she said nothing. She really is at her worst when she is trying to portray herself as a nice person. I prefer the wench Hillary to be honest. We know her. Nice Hillary is so creepy. She is like the serial killer who lived next door who seemed like a nice person until chopped up people were found in her refrigerator.
John McCain is not the most exciting speaker either, but I find it easier to listen to him because I agree with him more. That's just the way it is. I am a partisan, I don't dispute it. He said that when we leave Iraq, we should leave success and freedom, not chaos and possible genocide. Though the progress is minimal, progress has been made and more needs to happen before we can rightfully call it quits. It really is the only ethical thing to do. That was not a direct quote but I paraphrased what I got from his little speech. He has more moral authority to speak on this subject than any of the three. He appeared more Presidential to me. And yes I am prejudice.
Barack Obama came in like a rock star and even Joe Biden said that if anyone cheered he would have to ask them to leave. Seriously, enough already with the Obama fan club. Obama was much less of a "hard-ass" than he was last time. It only took him 5 minutes to get to the point of his questioning. This is going to shock everyone but he had to tell us how right he was on voting against the war in the first place. Yep, Obama Nostradamus voted no to the war. Didn't his mother tell him that the "I told ya so, I told ya so" kid is always the most unpopular? It really is annoying and quite frankly who cares. We are all shocked he even decided to show up to vote at the time. He finally gets to his point after someone has to put his arm in a sling from patting himself on the back too hard. He asks the question "Why does the definition of success have to be so high?" The General and the ambassador tried as hard as they could to state that it is too complex to answer in a short time. So Obama strenuously asked the question again and the answer was the same. I don't think it was a bad question. I actually thought it was valid, considering he is pushing for withdrawal under his potential Presidency. I give him kudos for asking a good question. He at least tried to establish some credit to his position rather than treating the General like an idiot who doesn't have a clue. Nice job Barack.
I think all the news agencies portrayed the hearing fairly. The General said it was a "fragile progress" and that much more needed to be done before more troops could be sent home. McCain was right in stating that the conflict was so mishandled that it was at the moment being dug out of a hole and that takes time. One good thing that came out of the hearing was that the General and the ambassador are heading back to the Iraqi government asking for more financial support from them. This was a good point.
For me as a supporter of the war, I feel as though too many people look at the conflict as a mistake because it has been mishandled. I am not talking to people who were against it from the beginning. Consistency has more merit than supporting it and then not supporting it because we didn't kick some ass in 4 months and come home. Iraq is too broad a subject to tackle in this post. Let me just say that if you disagreed with the war from the beginning, fine, we all stipulate that you rule. Now back to earth. We are there. Wouldn't it be better to all band together and say let's look at the situation as it is and not in a vacuum? We can't go backwards.Until Al Gore invents the time machine we are there. Politicizing the conflict to continue to press on the Bush retard button is getting old and we all get it. If you truly believe that coming home is best no matter what the consequences may be, then I can only believe that you refuse to see the full picture. In the words of General Petraeus "War is not a linear phenomenon. It's a calculus, not arithmetic." You can't put a band-aid on a wound that requires 30 stitches. Let's not simplify a complex situation into a political slogan of promises clothed in irresponsibility. Troop withdrawal is too simplistic to shout on the stump as a foreign policy position. It may sound good in theory and tug at our heart strings to bring home our troops, but is it right, ethical and in our best interest. We all have to ask ourselves these questions. Honestly and not politically.