(Author’s note: Crap. Since I finished this piece, it’s been OBE — Overtaken By Events I put too much into it, though, to just let it go to waste, so I’m going to let it stand as a testimonial to “what might have been.”)
Earlier today, I lambasted Congress for cowardice. In the interest of keeping things “fair and balanced,” to coin a phrase, I’m now going to praise their courage — and, just to keep things interesting, openly disagree with a colleague.
WIth the current move in Congress to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq, Congress is — finally — putting deeds to its words in opposing the war in Iraq. It’s a refreshing bit of honesty and forthrightness, Congress actually doing its Constitutional duty and ACTING on its beliefs, instead of debating utterly worthless “non-binding resolutions” and seeing who can brag the loudest about how they were fooled and deceived and tricked by the Bush administration (which merely echoed and elaborated the same information and intelligence that had been around for over a decade) into voting for the AUMF in the first place.
(A quick aside: whose bright idea was it to argue that “we were fooled and deceived and manipulated by a man whose intelligence we routinely compare to a chimpanzee’s” would be a winning point? And what kind of people are actually thinking that’s a strength? But I digress.)
Now that they are actually trying something substantial, we might — MIGHT — just be able to discuss the matter reasonably, rationally, and with a possibility that something might get settled. It’s long overdue.
That being said, I happen to think that the resolution is incredibly wrong.
The “surge” strategy has barely begun to be tested — and early indicators are that it might be working. It ought to be given a chance — and a real one. Because in war, there is no substitute for victory.
I’d also like to see some scenarios that describe the aftermath of a US pullout. Just to choose one possibility, John Kerry and Russ Feingold’s plan to withdraw all American forces by July 1, 2007.
I have my own ideas of just what would happen, and I might pull them together over the next day or two. In the meantime, I’d like to invite some of the regular detractors around here to do the same, saying what they think will happen if these gentleman’s plans were to come to fruition. And remember, one of them is, by frequent argument, the guy who should be Commander In Chief today.
In the meantime, though, kudos to Congress for actually getting off their asses and actually — just maybe — doing something.