Thursday, December 01, 2005

Strange Days Indeed...



The other day I gave credit to Senator Lieberman (whom I like very much...I mean, come on, anyone that makes up the word "Joementum" about there campaign has to be a guy with a sense of humor if nothing else...) for spending his holiday with the troops in Iraq...
But, wow, did you read his Wall Street Journal Piece? I was going to post on it Monday but you have to register to read it and I didn't want you all to have to go through that... the more I thought about it, I decided it's worth it to put in your name and email to read the story...

(Opening paragraph:)
"I have just returned from my fourth trip to Iraq in the past 17 months and can report real progress there. More work needs to be done, of course, but the Iraqi people are in reach of a watershed transformation from the primitive, killing tyranny of Saddam to modern, self-governing, self-securing nationhood--unless the great American military that has given them and us this unexpected opportunity is prematurely withdrawn."

(Read the whole OpEd Piece)

Senator Hillary Clinton also recently decried the idea of a retreat from Iraq. This may be purely strategic, but never-the-less nice to see that she is distancing herself from the Sheehans of the debate:
"I do not believe that we should allow this to be an open-ended commitment without limits or end. Nor do I believe that we can or should pull out of Iraq immediately. I believe we are at a critical point with the December 15th elections that should, if successful, allow us to start bringing home our troops in the coming year, while leaving behind a smaller contingent in safer areas with greater intelligence and quick strike capabilities. This will advance our interests, help fight terrorism and protect the interests of the Iraqi people.

In October 2002, I voted for the resolution to authorize the Administration to use force in Iraq. I voted for it on the basis of the evidence presented by the Administration, assurances they gave that they would first seek to resolve the issue of weapons of mass destruction peacefully through United Nations sponsored inspections, and the argument that the resolution was needed because Saddam Hussein never did anything to comply with his obligations that he was not forced to do."
(Hillary's Letter)

Of course she goes on to lambaste the Administration and say if she knew then what she knows now she wouldn't have authorized war. Well no s*** Sherlock...who would?

Third major Democratic player speaking out is the NYT with an article that almost admits that the "economy is booming" (DOW after 9/11 was around 7 now over 11)
"Gasoline is cheaper than it was before Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans. Consumer confidence jumped last month and new- home sales hit a record. The stock market has been rising. Even the nation's beleaguered factories seem headed for a happy holiday season.

By most measures, the economy appears to be doing fine. No, scratch that, it appears to be booming.


Of course, it is the New York Times, so the article goes on to predict things that could go wrong and destroy it all.

...But we can read between the lines. If prominent Dems are beginning to depart from their side of the aisle on the war and the NYT is forced to admit that all economic indicators are looking damn good...things must be damn good.

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