So here we are. The American public has finally started to awaken from its 3 year coma, thanks in some great measure to Cindy Sheehan and an American news media thirsting for absolution for their role in the lead up to the invasion of Iraq. With the Bush numbers finally on the decline more members of the so-called Democratic leadership have started to produce audible criticisms of the Bush policy of pre-emptive invasion and occupation. With the indictment of Scooter Libby in the Valerie Plame (Wilson) affair, has come new life in a "close to death" Democratic Party. It is almost enough to warm the hearts of those of us who have spent 5 years railing against this corrupt administration and the complicity of the Congress - republican and Democrat alike. But...........
The counter offensive goes like this: 'When it counted, you stood with us. Now that things appear to be headed in the wrong direction, you seek political advantage by criticizing the very policies you voted for.'
This is where the chickens come home to roost. When many of us were cringing at the thought of a presidential ticket where both members had voted for abdicating war powers, we were told, "They only voted to send the issue to the UN." or, "It was Bush who abused the authority he was granted by the resolution." When we openly gasped at John Kerry's fumbled opportunity to recant his vote to authorize force during the campaign, we were told, "It would have been a sign of weakness to indicate he may have been duped by the Bush Administration." It is truly a sad day when honesty is considered weakness. Of course now we are treated to op-eds by John Edwards and floor speeches by John (don't watch my vote - listen to my speech) Kerry, not to mention so many other of the heretofore "Stay the Course" Democrats stating that they were misled and would take back their vote if only they could.
In the end, it will be the American people who lead and stop the death and destruction in Iraq. Hopefully, they will require a reversal of the whole policy of preemption but we will have to wait and see on that. It will also be up to the American people to decide about the sincerity of the politicians who put us in this position in the first place.
Chad (The Left) Shue
Americans Killed: 2,080
Iraqis Killed: 30,380
WMD Found: 0