Why Congress Caved to Bush

By Patrick Buchanan

May 25, 2007

The antiwar Democrats are crying betrayal -- and justifiably so.

For a Democratic Congress is now voting to fully fund the war in Iraq, as demanded by President Bush, and without any timetable for a U.S. troop withdrawal. Bush got his $100 billion, then magnanimously agreed to let Democrats keep the $20 billion in pork they stuffed into the bill -- to soothe the pain of their sellout of the party base.

Remarkable. If the Republican rout of 2006 said anything, it was that America had lost faith in the Bush-Rumsfeld conduct of the war and wanted Democrats to lead the country out.

Yet, today, there are more U.S. troops in Iraq than when the Democrats won. More are on the way. And with the surge and retention of troops in Iraq beyond normal tours, there should be a record number of U.S. troops in country by year's end.

Why did the Democrats capitulate?

Because they lack the courage of their convictions. Because they fear the consequences if they put their antiwar beliefs into practice. Because they are afraid if they defund the war and force President Bush to withdraw U.S. troops, the calamity he predicts will come to pass and they will be held accountable for losing Iraq and the strategic disaster that might well ensue.

Democrats are an intimidated party. The reasons are historical. They were shredded by Nixon and Joe McCarthy for FDR's surrenders to Stalin at Tehran and Yalta, for losing China to Mao's hordes, for the "no-win war" in Korea, for being "soft on communism."

The best and the brightest -- JFK's New Frontiersmen -- were held responsible for plunging us into Vietnam and proving incapable of winning the war. A Democratic Congress cut off aid to Saigon in 1975, ceding Southeast Asia to Hanoi and bringing on the genocide of Pol Pot.

Democrats know they are distrusted on national security. They fear that if they defund this war and bring on a Saigon ending in the Green Zone, it will be a generation before they are trusted with national power. And power is what the party is all about.

Yet, not only does the situation in Iraq appear increasingly grim, with rising U.S. and Iraqi casualties, other shoes are about to drop that will reverberate throughout the region.

Support for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, with his war in Lebanon a debacle and his leadership denounced by a commission he appointed, is in single digits. Waiting in the wings is Likud super-hawk "Bibi" Netanyahu, the most popular politician in Israel, who compares today to Munich 1938 and equates Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with Hitler.

If and when Bibi comes to power, he will use every stratagem to provoke us into attacking "Hitler."

Also drumming for war on Iran are the floundering neocons and the Israeli lobby. Under orders from the lobby, Nancy Pelosi stripped from a House bill a stipulation that Bush must come to Congress for authorization before launching an attack on Iran.

With Democratic contenders reciting the mantra, "All options are on the table," and Iran defying U.N. sanctions, pursuing nuclear enrichment and detaining U.S. citizens, Bush has a blank check to launch a third war.

Lebanon is ablaze. Gaza is ablaze. The Afghan war is not going well. The Taliban have a privileged sanctuary. The NATO allies grow weary.

In Pakistan, the most dangerous country on earth -- one bullet away from an Islamic republic with atom bombs -- our erstwhile ally, President Musharraf, is caught in a political crisis over his ouster of the chief justice.

Presidents Musharraf in Islamabad, Kharzi in Kabul and Siniora in Beirut, and Prime Minister Maliki in Baghdad, sit on shaky thrones. No one knows what follows their fall. But it is hard to see how it would not be crippling for America's position.

With such volatility in this crucial region of the world, with such uncertainty, it is easy to see why Democrats prefer to be the "dummy" at the bridge table and let Bush play the hand.

The congressional Democrats are cynical, but they are not stupid. If the surge works and U.S. troops are being withdrawn by fall 2008, they do not want it said of them that they "cut and ran" when the going got tough, that they played Chamberlain to Bush's Churchill.

And if the war is going badly in 2008, they know that the American people, in repudiating the party of Bush and Cheney, have no other choice than the party of Hillary and Pelosi and Harry Reid.

That is why congressional Democrats are surely saying privately of the angry antiwar left what has often been said by the Beltway Republican elite of the right: "Don't worry about them. They have nowhere else to go "

And that is why the antiwar left was thrown under the bus.



29 May 2007 @ 16:14 by celestial : war=raw...aggression
Any nation which wages war, based on a false premise, it shall be obliterated.

"The pioneers of a warless world are the youth that refuse military service:" Albert Einstein

I remember when I received notice to take my pre-induction physical back in about 1969. I wasn't impressed that we should be in Viet Nam and thus didn't approve of that war, either. I decided that if drafted, as soon as they put a rifle in my hands, I would immediately shoot the very person who put it in my hands, knowing full well that dire consequences would follow. Thankfully, God must have heard my thoughts, and my decision, because I wasn't drafted.

"Wisdom is better than weapons of war." Ecc. 9:18
What a tragedy that our leaders cannot comprehend that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword. War is not necessary.  

29 May 2007 @ 20:41 by b : Sure fer sure
Just embrace Islam. Down on your knees five times a day for Allah. Accept sharia law and kill your baby girl if she winks at some baby boy. And war no more. Bacon and eggs gone from the menu. It's all Bush's fault.

29 May 2007 @ 22:37 by bushman : Hmm,
You know GW is from the state that has the "He needed shooting law" So it stands to reason that we are at war with people that need shooting. But not all of them, there are more muslims that don't pray 5 times a day, or kill thier girls. So extreemism goes both ways, and war never ends. Personaly all extreemist should be sent to live on the moon together, and learn to work together there, where they would have to pool thier limited resorces just to survive. Again, how do you know if someone is an extreemist, or just being extreem? Then again, we have to understand that the world is slightly over populated with really stupid people, maybe not thier fault compleetly, but dencer than lead they are none the less. If the USA was so worldly great, it would teach the world to fish, rather than giving the oppertunists the bones, and the peace lovers thier own crap. We can no longer be going around and extrminating, the human cockrotches of the day. No government or NWO will ever have the forces nessisary to enforce any of thier laws. So whats the point? For globalisation to work, everyone has to work together, not as in one mind, but as one future goal of humanity. Am I makeing sence?, lol. The people must say no, store up food, get a solar pannel to run the fridge, and stop doing it, cut your power and fuel needs, and shut them down. If you arnt buying what they are selling, they cant survive. Most asuradly, if we nuked the crap out of the middle east, let Isrial have its way over there, there would be no more resons for wars, right? lol. And the other half of the half would be all for another inquasision, ban Islam, and kill anyone who proclaims to be moslum, someday they will all be gone. Then there is China, who cares less either way, they got a few billion people to burn, life to them is nothing, they could proclaim that all religions need to be destroyed, so it wouldnt be any problem to just nuke us all and be done with it. Still the USA kisses Chinas butt, even when they are constantly trying to poison our food, and cosmetics. Dumping tons of mercury and lead into thier plastic products as a UV stabliser. And we all run to Walmart, to buy the crap. Got a new car? Well take a white cloth and wipe it around the plastics and windsheild, after you had it all closed up in the hot sun, see the black stuff? Your breathing that stuff, its mercury. Its no wonder americans are so mentaly tweeked, lol. I agree with the mighty pen, works far better than wasteing the fuel and a bullet, lol.  

29 May 2007 @ 23:00 by b : You're right Bushman
China and the CCP deny that they have one of the world's great religion Tao from the Chan scholls in submission. They deny the spiritual heritage of a thousand years to the Chinese people.
There are five major religions and a soxth: Taoism that is denied by fupression: Fulan Gong!  

30 May 2007 @ 21:06 by vaxen : Yah...
Gotta keep the wheels of debt churning, churning, churning so that the COuncil of 13 can live an elevated style of life thinking they control us all. The day of reckoniing is fast coming. No, you can't blame Bush as he is only a figurehead, a puppet. For the upcoming war in Iran take a closer look at the We4lch group and how they operate. Lebanon, for example. Also examine the Federal Reserve Banking System and who owns it. It is a private banking system based on fractional reserve banking. Islam is against Usury but then so is Levitical law. What is rotten in denmark will be ferreted out and those that are party to human kinds betrayal will be hung but...a word to the wise? Start looking deep within for the casues of the problems and also look there for the solutions, too.

AN old frined was found murdered yesterday so I'm more than just a bit sad over this. It has left my head swimming, to say the least. ANyone else who has anything to add as to the why and wherefore, the who and the what and the when and the why and the how...please let me know. Here's the blurb:

From groups plus private lists:

Ken Ogger, known as "The Pilot", a pioneer of the
Free Zone, was found drowned in the pool of his house
in LA on the 29th of May 2007.

His hands were tied with wire and a heavy concrete
weight held his legs down.

The police is investigating.

Ken Ogger was known as the author of analyses about
the Church of Scientology's mismanagement and author
of auditing manuals. After his own wife betrayed his
identity to the church, he suffered a breakdown and
soon afterwards went through a severe health crisis.

On 20th of May 2007 he reported back to his newsgroups
in his old dynamic way. He published a series of texts
in which he told about his physical recovery, about his
plans to become active as "Pilot" again, but also about
the Church of Scientology's attacks on his private life.

Nine days later he was dead.  

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