Monday, December 05, 2005

The Very Model of a Modern Major General

In order to counter the perception of being weak on defense, Democrats are fond of promoting the sage advice of those with military records in their ranks. With that in mind, consider the following interviews on two of last Sunday's political chat shows.

FACE THE NATION--CBS (Bob Schieffer speaking with John Kerry)

KERRY:...And there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the--of--the historical customs, religious customs Whether you like it or not...


Sen. KERRY: ...Iraqis should be doing that.

THIS WEEK--ABC (George Stephanopolis speaking with Rep. John Murtha) Note the contradictory statements in bold.

[T]here's a civil war going. We're caught in between a civil war right now. Our troops are the targets of the civil war. They're the only people that could have unified the various factions in Iraq. And they're unified against us.

[W]hy should I believe what the CIA says about what's happening in Iraq, that there's going to be a civil war? First of all, al Qaeda was wrong. It was wrong on the nuclear stuff. It was wrong on everything they have said over there. So why should I believe that there's going to be a civil war? -- same show, a few moments later.

Rep. Murtha on whether the Iraqis will throw us out:
[T]he military won a military victory. They got rid of Saddam Hussein. ...[snip] ... Now, it's got to be a political win. They have to win this politically. The Iraqis themselves. We'll stay there forever. The Iraqis are never going to say turn it over. We can't allow them to say when it's gonna turn it over.

You're gonna see the Iraqis clamoring. Listen, anybody we support in Iraq loses the election. And so they're gonna be clamoring for us to get out. -- same show, a few moments later.

(hat tip: Mickey Kaus)


Blogger Millbrae Morty said...

He's only slightly less confused than Ross Perot's VP nominee was.

1:27 PM  

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