Sunday, November 20, 2005

403 to 3: Dyn-o-MTE!

For once, the Republicans did something right. Forcing a "put up or shut up" vote on the issue of pulling our forces out of Iraq was nothing short of brilliant.

"US OUT OF IRAQ!" they scream. "Well, I mean, not right NOW, of course," they mutter, hem, and haw.

And yet, how binding is this vote either way? When politicians get to VOTE on matters of military strategy, we set a very bad precedent indeed.

There's a clear difference between spouting talking points to keep your name in the papers, and actually doing what is good for the country.

I wish I could say that I thought this vote showed that many of these reps truly had the best interests of the country in mind. What I suspect is more likely, is that they (deep down) truly understand the folly of what they suggest. Despite the volume and content of their rhetoric, the screeching detractors realize that it would be political suicide if they forced an early pullout, had the place collapse and zarqawists take over, purge the sunnis; and have all this with their names at the bottom of it.

Whatever works.