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November 02, 2006

John Boehner: Idiot

Unbelievable (or, well, not so much):

House Majority Leader John Boehner's call for critics to lay off Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld because the generals are responsible for the conduct of the war in Iraq has sparked outrage among Democrats.

In an interview Wednesday on CNN, Boehner said, "Let's not blame what's happening in Iraq on Rumsfeld."

CNN's Wolf Blitzer replied, "But he's in charge of the military."

"The fact is, the generals on the ground are in charge, and he works closely with them and the president," Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said.

Couple of thoughts for Rep. Dumbass:
  1. The President, if I am not mistaken (and I am not), is the Commander-in-Chief. Also known as "the buck stops here."

  2. It was Donald Rumsfeld who disregarded the advice of his generals on troop numbers. It was Donald Rumsfeld who wanted a "running start" to the war while still never reaching the troop levels his generals wanted. It was Donald Rumsfeld who then told us that you go to war with the army you have and not the army you wish you had. It was Donald Rumsfeld who essentially said that those of us who dare to question this war are enabling the terrorists.

    So, it was Donald Rumsfeld and George Bush who sent in too few troops with too little equipment and no plan for winning the peace, and then had the nerve to insult the patriotism of those of us who think he might just be, well, a complete fuck-up as Secretary of Defense.

Sorry, even though I voted for them twice (no Democratic shill here), I'm placing the blame for what is turning into quite the debacle right where it belongs: the men and women of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Yet more evidence that the Republicans have become sorely detached from reality and need to go.

Note: Interesting how the tone has changed from the Republicans, isn't it? They've gone from "we're winning" and "the insurgency is in its death throes" and "we've turned a corner" to "Hey, don't blame us!"

Update: The Corner reports that Boehner says he has nothing for which to apologize.

We're in a difficult fight, and if there's somebody we ought to be blaming for our problems in Iraq, why the hell don't we blame the terrorists?
Errr... I don't know. Why didn't you?

Personally, I blame the terrorists for the current violence, and I blame this bumbling administration for enabling the environment in which these terrorists have been allowed to continue their attacks for so long.

There's plenty of blame to go around, but let's not forget that President Bush is "the decider" (see also: Commander-in-Chief, "the buck stops here," above).

They're the ones who are increasing the pressure in Iraq as we lead up to Ramadan, as they have in the past,
Except that attacks leading up to Ramadan would have taken place in early September, seeing as how the month of Ramadan began on or around September 23, depending on where a Muslim happened to be living this year.
...and I have no doubt that this increased pressure also has something to do with the fact that we've got elections coming up.
Perhaps, but it could also be that despite assurances that the end of the insurgency was near, that yet another corner had been turned, it's "same shit, different year."
I'm a big supporter of the troops. I think they're brave, I think they've done a great job, and I have nothing to apologize for.
And I believe you (no, really, I do). That doesn't excuse your sad attempt at misdirecting the unhappiness of the American electorate away from Bush and onto those he supposedly commands.

Update 2: Looks like US Central Command disagrees with Rep. Boehner's assessment that this is just a Ramadanesque uptick in violence... it's a trend.

Update 3: A leading Republican in the House has other thoughts:

As she fights for her political life, Ohio Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce distanced herself Thursday from the Iraq war, telling CNN Radio, "What's happening in Iraq is not a direct reflection on me...."

"I voted to give the president the authority to use force in Iraq; that doesn't mean I'm always happy with what I see, but I can think of nothing worse for our troops or our prospects for success than having 435 members of Congress second-guessing our commanders," Pryce wrote.

Odd, because I think that's exactly what Boehner was doing: second-guessing our commanders (well, except for the one whose title ends with "-in-Chief."

Posted by Andy at 07:08 AM