Here in CD-31 our congressman’s take on the issues is mostly a given. Except for the immigration issue he’s a Bush lackey. So his blind allegiance to Bush and Petraeus is no surprise to anyone. As Bush and Petraeus tout success in Iraq for the coming troop reductions remember that those drawndowns were going to happen anyway. And must happen by Spring 2008 or some bad choices will have to be made.
That presents the Pentagon with several painful choices if the U.S. wants to maintain higher troop levels beyond the spring of 2008:
Using National Guard units on an accelerated schedule.
Breaking the military’s pledge to keep soldiers in Iraq for no longer than 15 months.
Breaching a commitment to give soldiers a full year at home before sending them back to war.
For a war-fatigued nation and a Congress bent on bringing troops home, none of those is desirable
Well, some in Congress are, not Carter.
That’s what is so telling about Carter’s response to all of this. He doesn’t talk about how this fight has to be won, how we all must sacrifice in order to save our way of life, or anything grand like that. No, instead he attacks MoveOn.org!? Carter and the GOP’s attempt to divert attention from what’s actually happening in Iraq to MoveOn.org’s ad from last week is not surprising. The zeal in which they attack MoveOn, and try and stay away from the “facts on the ground”, is telling. It’s also why what Carter says on his “blog”, regarding MoveOn, that is so mendacious. We all know he didn’t care one bit when The Swifites “sucker punched” John Kerry in 2004. Except there is no “sucker punch” in the MoveOn ad. All it does is point to press accounts, shows the general’s prior statements, and asks a question. It allows the reader to decide. The ferocity with which they attack the messenger shows how scared they are of discourse like this on the war. (Sen. Cornyn’s taking it to the extreme, John Cornyn is Wasting our Time.)
Let’s not forget that since the general went before Congress there have been two reports that came out that go against his claims regarding Iraq. One from the White House and one from the Pentagon. Baghdad is so safe now that all civilian travel has been restricted outside the Green Zone. And across America nobody’s buying, except for lemmings like Carter, what Bush and Petraeus are selling.