Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Nancy Pelosi promises to put politics over principle

There have been a lot of accusations that the Democrats have been making political considerations a higher priority than the war effort. I happen to be one who has made those accusations. I want to thank Nancy Pelosi for confirming it. Rich Lowry points out a piece in the WaPo that I didn't see.
The Washington Post reported today: "Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly said that while Pelosi estimates more than half of House Democrats favor a speedy withdrawal, she will lobby members in today's meeting against adopting this as a caucus position." Got that? So Pelosi is going to lobby her caucus not to take the position that she supports and that they support too. In other words, she'll effectively tell them, “Please, whatever you do, don't make my mistake and say what you really believe about Iraq.”
Does anyone think these people care about ANYTHING more than political gain? Abortion, I suppose. Who would ever trust them to make decisions on matters of war?

Just last week Ted Kennedy and Tom Daschle admitted to the LA Times that Democrats may have voted differently back in 2002 had the vote for war been held after the elections. For Chrissakes folks, whether it's Hillary! carefully constructing her position on the war or Kerry's disgusting performance from 2003-present, pick a fucking position. At least make an effort at convincing us you believe in it. If you think the nation would be better off immediately withdrawing from Iraq, say so. If you don't, then STOP saying so. It absolutely disgusts me that what is driving your positions is your political calculations.

At least I can say that much for Howard Dean. He doesn't seem to think about the politics before spouting off with his nutjob defeatist crap. And as James Taranto pointed out today, Howard Dean's position has received some international support:

Reuters reports from Dubai that Dean's views have been echoed by an important figure in the international community:

Al Qaeda's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri urged militants to attack oil targets in Muslim states and said Osama bin Laden was still leading its battle against the West. . . .

Zawahri said the United States had suffered a defeat in Iraq and it was only a matter of time before it pulled out its troops.

"Iraq is a catastrophe for America and Americans will leave, it will only be a matter of time.

"I say to Bush: You entered Iraq with lies, you will lose Iraq and lie about it and you will leave with the pretext that you have completed your mission. . . . America only has to decide on the number of (troops) it wishes to lose before withdrawing."