Wednesday, August 17, 2005

What comes around goes around -- The GOP and the karma of Hypocrisy . . .

Pop Quiz time kiddies!!

Read the following quotes and guess who said them . . . . (Jeopardy theme music plays now) . . .

  1. "This President is once again releasing American military might on a foreign country with an ill-defined objective and no exit strategy. He has yet to tell the Congress how much this operation will cost. And he has not informed our nation's armed forces about how long they will beaway from home. These strikes do not make for a sound foreign policy."
  2. "No goal, no objective, not until we have those things and a compelling case is made, then I say, back out of it, because innocent people are going to die for nothing. That's why I'm against it."
  3. "American foreign policy is now one huge big mystery. Simply put, the administration is trying to lead the world with a feel-good foreign policy."
  4. "If we are going to commit American troops, we must be certain they have a clear mission, an achievable goal and an exit strategy."
  5. "I had doubts about the bombing campaign from the beginning...I didn't think we had done enough in the diplomatic area."
  6. "You think Vietnam was bad? Vietnam is nothing next to this."
  7. "I'm on the Senate Intelligence Committee, so you can trust me and believe me when I say we're running out of cruise missles. I can't tell you exactly how many we have left, for security reasons, but we're almost out of cruise missles."
  8. "I cannot support a failed foreign policy. History teaches us that it is often easier to make war than peace. This administration is just learning that lesson right now. The President began this mission with very vague objectives and lots of unanswered questions. A month later, these questions are still unanswered. There are no clarifiedrules of engagement. There is no timetable. There is no legitimate definition of victory. There is no contingency plan for mission creep. There is no clear funding program. There is no agenda to bolster our overextended military. There is no explanation defining what vital national interests are at stake. There was no strategic plan for war when the President started this thing, and there still is no plan today"
  9. "I don't know that the enemy will ever raise a white flag"
  10. "Explain to the mothers and fathers of American servicemen that may come home in body bags why their son or daughter have to give up their life?"
  11. "Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is."
  12. "This is this President's war, and when he falls flat on his face, that's his problem."
  13. "The two powers that have ICBMs that can reach the United States are Russia and China. Here we go in. We're taking on not just this enemy. We can't just say, 'that little guy, we can whip him.' We have these two other powers that have missiles that can reach us, and we have zero defense thanks to this president."
  14. "You can support the troops but not the president."
  15. "My job as a Congressman is be supportive of our troops, try to have input as decisions are made and to look at those decisions after they're made ... not to march in lock step with everything the president decides to do."
  16. "For us to call this a victory and to commend the President of the United States as the Commander in Chief showing great leadership in this Operation is a farce"
  17. "Bombing a sovereign nation for ill-defined reasons with vague objectives undermines the American stature in the world. The international respect and trust for America has diminished every time we casually let the bombs fly."
  18. "Once the bombing commenced, I think then they unleashed their forces, and then that's when the slaughtering and the massive ethnic cleansing really started"
  19. "This President's bombing campaign has caused all of these problems to explode"
  20. "America has no vital interest in whose flag flies over this country's capital, and no right to attack and kill their soldiers fighting on their own soil to preserve the territorial integrity of their own country"
  21. "This has been an unmitigated disaster ... Ask all the people in this country that we've killed."
  22. "By the order to launch air strikes against this nation, NATO and this President have entered uncharted territory in mankind's history. Not even Hitler's grab of the Sudetenland in the 1930s, which eventually led to WW II, ranks as a comparable travesty. For, there are no American interests whatsoever that the NATO bombing willeither help, or protect; only needless risks to which it exposes the American soldiers and assets, not to mention the victims on the ground in this country."
Think hard! But not too hard. Answers will appear in the next post.


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