In One Eye

Friday, June 17, 2005
If this weren't so pathetically transparent, it'd be funny.
[A] group of lawmakers demanded that President Bush develop plans to withdraw troops and a top Pentagon official expressed concern about sagging public support for the U.S. military effort ...

A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a resolution that would require Bush to submit a plan for troop withdrawal by the end of the year and to begin the pullout by October 2006.

"After 2 1/2 years, it's right to take a fresh look. We have a right to ask, 'What are the goals?' " said Rep. Walter B. Jones of North Carolina, one of the Republican sponsors of the measure.
Jones and others of his pea-brained ilk are finally seeing the light. But these epiphanies clearly have to do with the fact that they're up for re-election a mere month after the pullout date they've so conveniently pulled out of a hat. Since Republicans are in such big trouble over the Iraq fiasco, they're feeling a lot of pressure. Hence, the feeling that something needs to be done.

Once again, however, American international policy is being predicated on the self-serving desires of elected officials. They're desperate to keep their cushy federal jobs, and so they'll do anything (even suggest something that GI George and the neo-cons will never subscribe to) to help insure that prospect.

It's a hell of a way to run a war—or a so-called democracy.