The Dems still don't get it:
Leahy plays trump, but we're playing chess
Yes, I am talking about the ugly American syndrome.
Leahy made the astoundingly new revelation that America lost in Vietnam because we didn't understand the Vietnamese mind, and therefore underestimated its potential and cunning. Funny, I thought it was because we underestimated the cunning of the American mind and lost the war on Main Street, USA. I thought we lost the war because political sensibilities (sensitivities??) kept us from exercising that most basic of military principles:
Go for the throat.
(well, actually a little further south, but there are no parental controls on access to this site!).
We all remember, don't we, that in pursuit of the Viet Cong, the political choke chain on the American military strangled us at the Laotian border. Well, maybe everyone except Democrats like the good Senator, who seems to have never learned the value of rear echelons.
Leahy explained to all of us who have forgotten Vietnam that the Vietnamese are basically a monocultural society. Whereas,
Iraq -- a complex country comprised of rival clans, tribes and ethic and religious factions who have fought each other for centuries -- we understand even less.(honk if you see where this is going).
Conclusion, American foreign policy bungled Iraq even more so.
Leahy laments we were promised a quick war, we were promised democracy would flourish like a desert flower.
Democracy would spread throughout the Middle East. Freedom was on the march.Wait a minute. The Iraq War was sold as one chapter in the War on Terror. When Bush declared the War on Terror shortly after 9/11, he said this was not going to be a quick war. In fact, he promised it would be long and hard.
Yet, Afghanistan fell within a few months, and after two years of preparations, Iraq also fell in a few months.
So maybe Leahy is dyslexic? Instead, we were warned of the long haul, yet the conflicts thus far have been quick? Perhaps that explains this diatribe??
As far as the flower of democracy, Leahy's memory must be shorter than the life of a fruit fly. Emerging democracies in the past couple years:
So, we are still waiting for Iran (who finds itself wedged between two Arabic democracies and is behaving accordingly), Saudi Arabia (dancing on ice), Kuwait and a bunch of smaller states.
- Afghanistan, done
- Iraq, new constitution ratified, second round of elections in a couple months
- Egypt, first elections with more than one candidate
- Lebanon, Syria kicked out, struggling with that legacy
- Syria, wait for it...
- Pakistan, more secular, less Islamic
Leahy needs a geography lesson. I think he is looking at the wrong continent.
The intrepid Senator goes on to show that we are grossly unwelcome in Iraq,
According to soldiers who volunteered for duty in Iraq believing in the mission and who have returned home, many Iraqis who detest the barbaric tactics of the insurgents have grown to despise us. They blame us for the lack of water and electricity, for the lack of jobs and health care, for the hardships and violence they are suffering day in and day out.Yet,
I applaud the Iraqis who courageously stood in long lines and cast their ballots for a new constitution, despite the insurgents’ threats. There are many profiles in courage among the Iraqi people, just as there are in the heroic daily endeavors of U.S. soldiers there.I guess the Senator is calling the Iraqi people ungrateful ingrates for all we have done for them. Funny, recent Pew polls of Iraqis show overwhelmingly (over 70%) support for an American presence in Iraq, at least in the short term. Even al Jazeera heaps at least as much criticism on current undemocratic Arab regimes (including the late Saddam regime) as they do on Americans.
Where is the Senator getting HIS intel?
Finally, Sen. Leahy just gets silly and disingenuous,
We learned this week that the Administration has even resumed the discredited Vietnam-era practice of measuring progress by reporting body counts.Yet, he led of this Grand Senate Floor speech with,
And we know that the insurgency is continuing to grow along with American casualties -- 1,999 killed and at least 15,220 wounded, as of yesterdayDo you think his speech just happen to coincide with the Democratic landmark of the 2,000 American casualty? Coincidence in politics?
When pigs fly.
Leahy closed off with this,
The Iraqi people, at least the Shiites and Kurds, have voted for a new constitution, as hastily drafted, flawed and potentially divisive as it may be.I don't get what his problem is, then. Unless we are talking 2006 Congressional Elections...
Saddam Hussein, whose capacity for cruelty was seemingly limitless, is finally facing trial for his heinous crimes.
And elections for a new national government are due by the end of the year.
By then, it will be more than two and a half years since Saddam’s overthrow, and we will have given the Iraqi people a chance to chart their own course. The sooner we reduce our presence there, the sooner they will have to make the difficult decisions necessary to solve their own problems.
Our military commanders say that Iraq’s problems increasingly need to be solved through the political process, not through military force. We must show Iraq and the world that we are not an occupying force, and that we have no designs on their country or their oil. The American people need to know that the President has a plan that will bring our troops home.
Once a new Iraqi government is in place, I believe the President should consult with Congress on a flexible plan that includes pulling our troops back from the densely populated areas where they are suffering the worst casualties and to bring them home. Those consultations should begin in earnest as soon as Iraq’s new government is in place.
At least he didn't use the 'Q' word.