POLITICAL observations & opinions

* President Obama, and America, are likely to pay a huge price for the timidity of the Democrats in Congress … maybe it’s not too late … Democrats: if you want to be re-elected, show some spine!

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 30, 2010

Hendrik Hertzberg writes in New Yorker (9/13/10) …

  • the (Iraq) war was a war of Bush’s choice—a choice that has left Obama with no good choices
    • thousands of American soldiers killed; the tens of thousands injured, many suffering from “the signature wounds of today’s wars, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury”
    • the impact on our relations abroad (“strained”) and our unity at home (“tested”)
    • that unfunded trillion-dollar price tag, which has helped bring on our present economic and fiscal distress.
  • The principal rationales for the invasion turned out to be false.
    • There were no Iraqi “weapons of mass destruction,”
    • there was no connection between the Iraqi regime and the atrocity of September 11, 2001.
  • The President, so far, is keeping his promise to extract us from this war. And he is keeping his promise to prosecute another war more vigorously—the one that might have been over by now if his predecessor had not robbed it of resources and attention.

read the entire article at … http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2010/09/13/100913taco_talk_hertzberg?printable=true

LMW COMMENT …

The Iraq War was a horrible mistake for America, fought for false reasons (which I believe Bush, Cheney et al knew were false) and which resulted in enormous negative consequences. President Bush and the rest of the Republican warmongers should be remembered forever for what they did. Hopefully some day we will get a full story of why they did it.

But Democrats don’t get off the hook.

Most Congressional Democrats supported Bush in his rush to combat for no good reason. They were “too timid” to stand up and fight against bad policy. Just as they are now on so many other issues.

As much as I want to support President Obama, I have real problems with the Democratic Congress of Reid and Pelosi and the others, where it is almost impossible to find a man or woman of courage and conviction and competence.

That lack of electoral enthusiasm in 2010, like the Iraq War, is an inevitable consequence of Congressional timidity for which Barack Obama, and America, are paying the price.

Democrats who lose their seats in November will blame Obama. They will be wrong to do so, since they will have brought whatever comes down upon themselves, by their disgraceful failure to stand up for what needs to be said and done.

Maybe it’s not too late. Maybe there is yet some spine to be found. It would be welcome indeed, because as weak as they are, the Democrats are still a whole lot better than most of the angry say “no” to everything know-nothings who are opposing them.

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