"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.