Wednesday, January 17, 2007


Play to Win or Take Your Ball Home

Meaningless symbolic gestures probably appealed to me when I was 15 but the attraction has long since worn off. So gestures like Rep. Rangel’s measure to re-introduce the draft in 2004 that he didn’t vote for:

“"We have seen something I haven't seen in 28 years in the House Representatives — someone bringing a bill to the House they don't support," Skelton said. - House overwhelmingly stomps out bill that would've reinstated draft

Or John Murtha’s call for an Iraqi withdrawal that he didn’t vote for in 2005: House Rejects Iraq Pullout After GOP Forces a Vote

Or John Kerry’s 2006 doomed-from-the-start withdrawal call: Senate Rejects Democratic Plans to Withdraw U.S. Troops From Iraq

…well, I generally look with disdain on such posturing. Tuesday’s Op-Ed by David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey, formerly of the Reagan and Bush I Justice Departments, does a good job of throwing down the gauntlet to our new Congress regarding Iraq:

If Congress believes the war is lost, or not worth winning, it must take responsibility for the consequences of forcing a U.S. withdrawal. Otherwise, it must leave the president to direct the war and to bear responsibility for the decisions he has made and will make.” What Congres Can (And Can't) Do on Iraq

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