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Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler » Old Wine in New Bottles

(Crossposted at Imperial Rebbe Laurence’s Dead Pool, in which His Majesty is a proud participant)

From the Senate debate on the two Democrat Cut and Run proposals that both got beaten severely recently:

The vice president and GOP senators cited recent successes in the formation of a new government in Iraq, the beefing up of Iraqi forces and the killing of al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab Zarqawi.

But Democrats criticized what they called the “open-ended” commitment in Iraq. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the situation in Iraq is growing worse, not better, and favored the phased withdrawal advocated by the Levin-Reed amendment. Reid, however, called it a “redeployment” rather than a pullout, which some Republicans ridiculed as soft-pedaling the Democratic approach.

Just like a certain Austrian corporal of past infamy used to refer to massive withdrawals as “straightening the front lines.”

Lots of things may change, but socialist rhetoric and spin never does.

8 Responses to “Old Wine in New Bottles”
  1. Darth Bacon Comment by Darth Bacon UNITED STATES

    How many times does the plan have to be repeated for these idiots? We stand down as the Iraqis stand up.

    FIRST!

  2. Cheapshot911 Comment by Cheapshot911 UNITED STATES

    The same rhetoric, and they expect us to address it as if it’s something new.
    ‘Must be like makin’ love to Liz Taylor;
    Ya know that’s expected of you, but it’s up to you to make it interestin’.
    (nice one Mr. Greenspan!)

  3. Unregistered Comment by LC Wes, Imperial Mohel

    Somebody really ought to send each and every Democrat in Congress a copy of Mark Steyn’s latest, in which he points out for the umpteenth time that it doesn’t matter whether you call it “cut and run” or “redeployment”: there are no safe places left to go on Planet Earth.

    …In a sense, the Democrats have already psychologically redeployed. Last week they unveiled their “New Direction for America.” It’s a six-point plan, two of whose points are “Cut College Costs” and “Ensure Dignified Retirement.” On the first point, it’s true the education system remains a problem: Many hardworking Americans are trapped in low-paying dead-end jobs as U.S. congressmen because an inadequate education left them with the impression Okinawa’s in the United Arab Emirates. On the second point, I’m all in favor of a “dignified retirement”: Why not try it on Kerry as a pilot program? As for the other four points, none has anything to say about national security or foreign policy.

    The Defeaticrats’ “New Direction for America” foresees a future for this country as a kind of Lesser France. That would be problematic enough: The dependency culture favored by the Dems has mired much of Europe in permanent double-digit unemployment, a moribund economy and unsustainable social programs. Presumably, Nancy Pelosi and Co. would respond by saying that their pledge to “give America a raise” — i.e., increase the minimum wage — shows that their party is in tune with real people’s real needs rather than a lot of foreign adventuring that’s got nothing to do with how real people really lead their really real lives. Sorry, it doesn’t work like that. Not even the Democrats can redeploy from the whole planet…

    [snip]

    …The danger we face is not a Chinese superpower or an Islamist superpower: If it’s a new boss, you learn the new rules and adjust as best you can. But the greater likelihood is of a world with no superpower at all in which unipolar geopolitics gives way to nonpolar geopolitics, a world without order in which pipsqueak thug states that can’t feed their own people globalize their pathologies. There would be more stories like that one the other day about the three decapitated policemen whose heads were found in the Tijuana River. But Pelosi (and the Democrats) would carry on talking about college tuition as the world sinks into economic decline, arbitrary bombings and kidnappings, and the occasional nuking.

    Kerry gets all huffy if he thinks you’re questioning his patriotism, so let’s be charitable and assume the Defeaticrats are simply missing the point: For the rest of the world, what’s at issue in the Iraq war is not the future of Iraq but the future of America. Can the world’s leading nation still lead or is Kerry’s Vietnam Syndrome “seared” (as he’d say) into its bones? Luxembourg can be Luxembourg. America doesn’t have that option. In a nonpolar world, there’s nowhere to redeploy to.

  4. juandos Comment by juandos UNITED STATES

    Well now, apparently cut & run is no more palatable today then it was in Nov. of 2005…:lol:

    cut and run

    (hat tip to Ms. Malkin)

  5. juandos Comment by juandos UNITED STATES

    Well damn! That lovely Lunde PhotoShop pic didn’t come across…

    Then again going to Lunde’s site did produce (hopefully) the following:

    Murtha courage award

  6. juandos Comment by juandos UNITED STATES

    But Democrats criticized what they called the “open-ended” commitment in Iraq

    Hmmm, how come these seditious moonbats don’t have a problem with the “open ended” war on poverty?

    Note the following from the Heritage Foundation: Welfare spending is so large it is difficult to comprehend. On average, the annual cost of the welfare system amounts to around $5,600 in taxes from each household that paid federal income tax in 2000. Adjusting for inflation, the amount taxpayers now spend on welfare each year is greater than the value of the entire U.S. Gross National Product at the beginning of the 20th century

  7. JannyMae Comment by JannyMae UNITED STATES

    So, vowing to keep troops in Iraq until the Iraqis are ready to take over is an, “open-ended commitment?” Finishing the job we started is unacceptable, unless there is a, “timetable,” for it? How utterly juvenile. “Wahhh! I want my GameBoy next week! Why do I have to wait for my birthday? Waaahhhh!”

    I’m having more difficulty than ever, trying to understand the, “minds,” of these people. I can only conclude that they would like to cut and run now, so that, if Iraq falls apart without our troop support, they can blame Bush for it…like they do with everything from AIDS to ingrown toe nails.

    Their grasp on reality seems to be waning by the moment. Now that there is talk of beginning to reduce the troop numbers in Iraq, they are insisting that the Bush Adm. is somehow, “caving in to the pressure from the Dems.” They can’t possibly acknowledge that there is actually progress being made, and, “light at the end of the tunnel.” It’s a quagmire, I tell you!

    Unbelievable. Of course, we are talking about people who still can’t let go of, “Bush lied.”

  8. Unregistered Comment by Doug

    Brave Sir Murtha redeployed.
    Bravely redeployed, deployed!
    When danger reared its ugly head,
    He bravely turned his tail and fled.
    Yes, brave Sir Murtha turned about
    And gallantly he chickened out.
    Bravely taking to his feet
    He beat a very brave retreat,
    Bravest of the brave, Sir Murtha!