Sulli is getting a lot of well deserved praise for this:
The commander-in-chief has abandoned an American soldier to the tender mercies of a Shiite militia … The U.S. military does not have a tradition of abandoning its own soldiers to foreign militias, or of taking orders from foreign governments. No commander-in-chief who actually walks the walk, rather than swaggering the swagger, would acquiesce to such a thing.
Thank you for saying this as the news seems to be focused on that Kerry dust-up. And thanks for the comment about the priorities of John McCain:
And where, by the way, is McCain on this? Silent on Cheney’s “no-brainer” on waterboarding. Silent recently on Iraq. But vocal – oh, how vocal – on Kerry. It tells you something about what has happened to him. And to America.
Update: Judd reminds us what a twit Tony Snow really is. Mr. Snow:
SNOW: You know, two words really are sufficient to convey an apology: I’m sorry. And he hasn’t.
Yes it has. But then Tony Snow is used to lying. Snow continues:
All he has to do – it’s really easy – say, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to offend the troops.
Kerry said that yesterday. But let’s back up:
I mean, you and I and everybody in this room have said things that we didn’t intend to say. And when it offends people, you say, I’m sorry.
Let’s see. Mr. Snow has made a lot of disgusting accusations based on lies for which he has not apologized. Same goes for President Bush and Vice President Cheney. But I guess they intended to lie in a way that offends people.
But let’s talk about something a little more vital to our troops – what is the Commander in Chief doing about that captured soldier. As far as I can see – not a single thing as he is too busy being a partisan hack by lying about some remark said by one Democrat on the campaign trail. Lord – I wish we had a President who understand what his real job was.
Update II: While CNN is definitely overplaying this fake story, they get one thing right:
A Kerry aide said the senator was supposed to say, “I can’t overstress the importance of a great education. Do you know where you end up if you don’t study, if you aren’t smart, if you’re intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq.” Appearing Wednesday on radio host Don Imus’ program, “Imus in the Morning,” Kerry said, “I’m going back to Washington. I’m going back to tackle this, you bet.” “Of course, I’m sorry about a botched joke,” he added. “Everybody knows I botched a joke.””They shouldn’t be allowed to do that,” the Massachusetts lawmaker said. “I’m not going to let these guys lie and smear, and they put their whole machine out to do it, and they ought to apologize.”
So as our comment box is getting flooded with some unnamed GOP hack with comments about Kerry being a coward, the facts show otherwise. But he is right about what Cheney is doing:
Vice President Dick Cheney will enter the fray Wednesday night during a speech in Montana. The White House released the portion of Cheney’s speech pertaining to Kerry. “John Kerry needs to learn that the men and women serving in Iraq aren’t there because they didn’t study hard or do their homework,” Cheney is set to say. “They’re smart, patriotic, exceptionally well-trained and dedicated to their mission. They are heroes, and they are the pride of the United States of America.”
Oh joy! The partisan liar who was very influential in getting our brave soldiers stuck in Iraq is about to go on the attack with more cherry picked quotes to misrepresent what Senator Kerry has said. Here is your opportunity Democrats – dust off some Cheney quotes from the past, but do be more honest and only tell us what he really said. After all, there is so much choice material from this chickenhawk liar. One would think this White House would want to avoid the Iraq debate this week – but I say “Bring It On”!
Which is what Michael Crowley does as he writes this line for Kerry:
I bungled a joke, Bush bungled a war. Let the voters decide what’s more important?