When Hawks Cry Like Doves
July 4, 2011 Leave a comment
Why The Republicans’ Farcical and Patently Dishonest Peacenik Pivot Tastes Like Death
Frontrunner Mitt Romney took the lead: “It’s time for us to bring our troops home as soon as we possibly can, consistent with the word that comes to our generals that we can hand the country over to the Taliban military in a way that they’re able to defend themselves. Excuse me, the Afghan military to defend themselves from the Taliban.” That was the Freudian slip of the week.
Ron Paul was not to be outdone: “I’d bring them home as quickly as possible. And I would get them out of Iraq as well. And I wouldn’t start a war in Libya. I’d quit bombing Yemen. And I’d quit bombing Pakistan.” Tea Party queen Michele Bachmann also wanted out of Libya: “We were not attacked. We were not threatened with attack. There was no vital national interest…The president was absolutely wrong in his decision on Libya.” And former House speaker Newt Gingrich itched to “say to the generals, ‘We would like to figure out [how] to get out as rapid [sic] as possible with the safety of the troops involved.’ ”
Note the wiggle room. After reading Obama’s Wars by Bod Woodward (my take here), I can only conclude that any implication of “what the generals want” is more than covering your ass. Its a tacit admission that you really have no plan of leaving at all. Generals Fights. Runners Run. Chef’s Cook. Pilots Fly. If you ask a General just about goddamn anything, the answer will be more troops yesterday with a commitment for less timetabling and, oh yeah, toss my military contractors and weapons manufacturer buddies a fucking bone will ya?
Note: Let’s never mind the full article is decidedly interventionist and generally evil.