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Republican Divide Over the War in Iraq

surrender monkeys"Report on Iraq Exposes a Divide Within the G.O.P." writes the New York Times (HT: Moderate Voice)
The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page described the report as a “strategic muddle,” Richard Perle called it “absurd,” Rush Limbaugh labeled it “stupid,” and The New York Post portrayed the leaders of the group, former Secretary of State James A. Baker III and Lee H. Hamilton, a former Democratic member of Congress, as “surrender monkeys.” Republican moderates clung to the report, mindful of the drubbing the party received in last month’s midterm elections largely because of Iraq. They said they hoped President Bush would adopt the group’s principal recommendations and begin the process of disengagement from the long and costly war.
SuperFrenchie points out that accusing someone as a "surrender monkey", i.e. "like a Frenchie", has "gotta be the ultimate insult!":
Defeat and international humiliation is now pretty much the accepted outcome of the Iraq war, and in spite of the fact that they’ve had more than 3 years to get used to it, it’s not easy to swallow.
Crooks and Liars reports about Republican Senator Gordon Smith, who "ripped Bush over Iraq on the floor of the Senate:"
Sen. Smith: "And I, for one, am at the end of my rope when it comes for supporting a policy that has our soldiers patrolling the same streets in the same way being blown up by the same bombs day after day. That is absurd. It may even be criminal" On THIS WEEK, Smith dug a bit deeper to clarify his remarks: "I said it — you can use any adjective you want, George, but I have long believed, in a military context, when you do the same thing over and over again without a clear strategy for victory at the expense of your young people in arms, that is dereliction, that is deeply immoral.

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Gregory Kelly on :

Senator Smith, it is also "deeply immoral" and a great national shame on how our government treats our veterans and their families. You (House, Senate, White House) waste billions if not trillions of dollars on free medical, housing, education for illegal aliens; sustaining military overseas operations in places such as Korea, Western Europe, foreign aid going directly into the hands of corrupt african leaders and so much more. Would nopt this money be better spent our our veterans? Please explain to an unemployed homeless veteran and their family why when they came home they lost their jobs, etc. TAKE CARE OF OUR VETERANS FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!! ---------------------------------------------------------- Gregory M. Kelly is a combat veteran having served in the United States Army with the rank of Sergeant in the Elite U.S. Paratrooper unit of the 82nd Airborne Division (Grenada) and the 2nd Infantry Division (Korea). His professional experience includes specializing in veterans affairs, tourism, public relations, international relations, public/government affairs, corporate communications, and relationship building from the local-to-international level. He has worked as an assistant to Benjamin A. Gilman, former Chairman of the House International Relations Committee and a member of Congress from 1973 to 2003. He is also the former Manager of Public Relations, Marketing and Advertising for the Korea National Tourism Organization. He is a member of the Walter E. Hughes Tri-State Mid-Hudson Chapter 82nd Airborne Division Association, The American Legion Post 779 in Woodbury, NY, veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8858, Harriman, NY. Currently, he holds the position of President of K2 Global Communications, a full service public relations firm.

JW-Atlantic Review on :

Gregory, you could add the Mars mission to your list of things that are less important than supporting veterans. Though, of course, that is just my humble opinion, but not really my business. The [url=http://www.faz.net/s/RubFC06D389EE76479E9E76425072B196C3/Doc~E696102545D5345EBA39CF794F76543E5~ATpl~Ecommon~Scontent.html]Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung[/url] had an interesting article about NASA announcing a new star trek plan to return to the moon and go to Mars in the same week, in which the Iraq Study Group recommended a withdrawal from Iraq. The article is about the return to old glory, self assurance and the importance of the space race and Soviets believing in Reagan's Star Wars etc etc. Freely available [url=http://www.faz.net/s/RubFC06D389EE76479E9E76425072B196C3/Doc~E696102545D5345EBA39CF794F76543E5~ATpl~Ecommon~Scontent.html]online[/url], but only in German. All these star treks are extremely expensive, but are of little benefit. From a scientific standpoint, you don't need to send men and women to moon and Mars, which just makes it more expensive, complicated and risky. Sending men and women to moon and Mars seems to be primarily for show rather than for science. What economic or scientific benefit did we get from sending men to the moon anyway? Why not use that Star Trek money for veterans? Once there are no more homeless veterans, you are ready to meet some aliens. Otherwise they won't be interested in you anyway. ;-)

Yank on :

Smith is the Republican Party's version of John Murtha. It's politics, called "playing the Iraq card," like former Chancellor Schroeder "played the anti-American card" to get elected. It's all just prostitution. But these guys aren't in the same class with Schroeder. And thery're a bit tech'd in da head, as well. So, they have about 15 minutes of fame coming (and Murtha has lived his.) Denis the Menace Kuccinich is someone to watch, though. He actually has a sense of humor and does a mean comedy act with his ventriloquist's dummy in Washington celebrity talent shows. Which means that he's sane! So I wonder what he thinks he's up to. All he needs is a little fuzz under the nose to look just like you-know-who. But his politics are so far left they make yours look moderate, rather akin to those of Josef Stalin.

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