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    short attention span theatre..., 2005-10-05 11:10:31 | Main | international disembowelment of democracy..., 2005-10-06 11:09:12

    pro-war front groups:

    ok, what's my rep got to say?

    MR. RUSSERT: But what are the Democratic ideas?

    REP. EMANUEL: I'm going to lay them out. I here to answer it. You know, what you guys have provided, Tom, is a set of old policies, even in this crisis we have with Katrina, that got us to this result, which is a failed set of policies, where, in fact, we've added up $3 trillion in the nation's debt, more people are losing health care, and poverty's going up. Democrats want to offer big ideas to change the direction of this country because we can do better.

    On Iraq, we have a false choice between stay the course and get the same results and just pull up. I think Senator Levin laid out a very good agenda, which is we're going to have measurements. You can't say after two and a half years, like you asked the general before, two and a half years, nearly $400 billion, and we have one Iraqi battalion? We're going to set standards every way and measurements from the political process, economic process and also on the military and national security where Iraq has to stand up.

    MR. RUSSERT: OK. So--so...

    REP. EMANUEL: Let me go over--let's go...

    MR. RUSSERT: No, no, wait. So if the Iraqis do not stand up, if there are not 10 battalions, 15 battalions in place, we withdraw?

    REP. EMANUEL: See, Tim, that's the wrong question, in my view.

    MR. RUSSERT: Well...

    REP. EMANUEL: I'll tell you why, because when we...

    MR. RUSSERT: But it's the question I asked.

    REP. EMANUEL: But the Congress has an obligation to hold a standard. We have given the president a blank check. It's been a rubber-stamp Congress that sent troops in there without Kevlar vests, without Humvees. We have to have a standard in which Iraq and the administration measure up over the two years, and at that point we'll evaluate where we are.

    MR. RUSSERT: So was it a mistake for Democrats in the Senate and House to vote to authorize the war?

    REP. EMANUEL: Given the information that we were given them, they made their decision. What has been a mistake is to let this type of administration basically run a policy of incompetence when it comes to Iraq. Let me address, though, the future of this country. I'll give you five quick ideas. One, we make college education as universal for the 21st century that a high school education was in the 20th.

    So the Democrat's "plan", so to speak, is to "set standards and measurements" - and boldly note the fact that they've been "a rubber-stamp". I get the feeling the Democrats are going to, somehow, get themselves slaughtered again in 2006. Then again at least they're not blaming American troops for Nazi warcrimes...

    update: Wow! An Iraq War Czar?! Jim Henley really is now the most officially serious strategist EVAR!

:: posted by buermann @ 2005-10-05 17:03:09 CST | link

      the democrats are so fucking useless, they make me want to poke my eyes out and punch holes in my eardrums.

    posted by jordan @ 2005-10-05 20:45:02 | link

    go ahead, express that vague notion

    your turing test:

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