Tuesday, October 18, 2005

When the Shoe is On the Other Foot...

Posted by "Jay" in response to Emily Messner's column in today's Washington Post titled "The Debate: A Defense of 'MSM' Iraq Constitution Coverage."

This is what the Republican party sounds like when the shoe is on the other foot. Here are quotes about the US involvement in Kosovo when Clinton was president.

You can support the troops but not the president." --Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)

"Well, I just think it's a bad idea. What's going to happen is they're going to be over there for 10, 15, maybe 20 years." --Joe Scarborough (R-FL)

"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?" --Sean Hannity, Fox News, 4/6/99

"[The] 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 be away from home. These strikes do not make for a sound foreign policy." --Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA)

"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." --Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)

"If we are going to commit American troops, we must be certain they have a clear mission, an achievable goal and an exit strategy." --Karen Hughes, speaking on behalf of George W Bush
"I had doubts about the bombing campaign from the beginning . . I didn't think we had done enough in the diplomatic area." --Senator Trent Lott (R-MS)

"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 clarified rules 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 over-extended 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" --Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)

"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is." --Governor George W. Bush (R-TX)

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All I can say is, stop the insanity!


Swizzies said...

Lovely. Just perfect. I'm glad someone dug these up. Hate the effing war, and hate the effing government. Glad I don't live there right now.

Ontario Emperor said...

Excellent point (and I'm from the Baby Seal Clubber wing, not the Communist wing). Take off the names and the years and see what you get (reminder to self - do that).

If only Boy George would become UN Secretary General, then we'd realize that all wars are stupid, including the War of 1812.