Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Slow Bleed

I've pulled this entirely from the Best of the Web email I get every day from the WSJ-

'A Slow-Bleed Strategy'

"Top House Democrats, working in concert with anti-war groups, have decided against using congressional power to force a quick end to U.S. involvement in Iraq, and instead will pursue a slow-bleed strategy designed to gradually limit the administration's options," reports The Politico:

Led by Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Pa., and supported by several well-funded anti-war groups, the coalition's goal is to limit or sharply reduce the number of U.S. troops available for the Iraq conflict, rather than to openly cut off funding for the war itself.

The legislative strategy will be supplemented by a multimillion-dollar TV ad campaign designed to pressure vulnerable GOP incumbents into breaking with President Bush and forcing the administration to admit that the war is politically unsustainable.

As described by participants, the goal is crafted to circumvent the biggest political vulnerability of the anti-war movement--the accusation that it is willing to abandon troops in the field. That fear is why many Democrats have remained timid in challenging Bush, even as public support for the president and his Iraq policies have plunged.


So the idea is to keep the troops in harm's way but take all steps possible to prevent them from prevailing, in the hope that the Democrats will benefit politically from American defeat. According to a press release this morning from the House Republican Conference, yesterday the Web site MoveCongress.org announcing an event this morning, declared:

Chairman Murtha will describe his strategy for not only limiting the deployment of troops to Iraq but undermining other aspects of the president's foreign and national security policy.
This language has since disappeared from the site, but a reader first alerted us to it late yesterday afternoon.


You don't have to agree with the president's policies to find this appalling. If Murtha thinks he has a better way, let him run for president next year and make the case. To pursue a strategy of subversion instead is cowardly and despicable.

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I don't have much to add, but these Congresscritters who think they know better than OUR GENERALS on how to prosecute this war scare me. But I know that it's not about the war at all, it's about power. Even more than about making the President look bad. It's ALL about power and men like my husband (not to mention thousands of Iraqis) will pay the price.

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4 Comments:

At February 15, 2007 11:55 PM, Blogger Alicia said...

I'm glad you're back to writing regularly! I've been reading regularly; I enjoy your site, and that was a very well written and persuasive letter to the Senators.

I have a couple of broad questions, reading this piece. First--keep in mind that I agree with you on the necessity of continuing this war--do you think that power is the only reason people might be fighting to get our troops out right now? I keep reading news articles about the war, and I can usually find reasons why the people arguing to stop it are wrong, but it does seem kind of complicated. Second, and this is the good one: what do you think is our responsibility (all the civilians)? I think that trusting our generals to run the war, rather than anyone in politics, is a very good idea. You mentioned writing to senators, and you gave a specific site and a specific issue. Would just "trust our generals" be a good message to send? I know it's a pile of questions; I just know that one of the reasons you set up this site is to be that voice to affect public opinion, so there are the things I'm a bit confused about still.

Thanks, and I hope you're doing well!

 
At February 16, 2007 8:13 AM, Blogger Kyrie said...

do you think that power is the only reason people might be fighting to get our troops out right now?

I think that for many of the 'surrender and run' Democrats power IS the main reason. Keep in mind, I'm talking about the people in Congress, NOT your 'regular Joe' Democrat. Big difference.

Whether it's power, anti-military bias, BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome), pacifism, or honest philosophical disagreement on the neccessity of the war against Islamic fascism in Iraq, the net result is the same. They want us out and they are willing to give 'comfort' to the enemy and tie the hands of the generals by 'limiting' their options (cutting funding) to do it.

 
At February 16, 2007 8:29 AM, Blogger Kyrie said...

what do you think is our responsibility (all the civilians)? I think that trusting our generals to run the war, rather than anyone in politics, is a very good idea. You mentioned writing to senators, and you gave a specific site and a specific issue. Would just "trust our generals" be a good message to send?

I think we need to engage the 'average Joe' Democrat who says he supports the troops. Get them to understand-

-This non-binding resolution does NOTHING but hurt those same troops. (note, we are not saying they can't disagree with the War, or talk about it, just don't do it in a way that HELPS the enemy!)

-That cutting off funding to the troops is BAD (most would already agree).

-That Mr. Murtha's attempt to restrict the use of troops means he thinks he knows better than the generals in charge how to use our troops, and amounts to the same thing as cutting off funding.

As much as we need to stay on our Congressmen about this, it is equally important to get more Democrats on board too. Only when they start making a noise (writing letters, withholding donations, etc) will the Dems in Congress take notice.

We also need to keep on those Republican Congressmen who are becoming what Hugh hewitt calls White Flag Republicans and get them to see why their current course of action is bad.

And pray. Prayer is still the most potent weapon we have.

 
At February 16, 2007 9:16 PM, Blogger Alicia said...

Thanks, that makes a lot of sense, and lets me know what to do now. I will definitely pray, and put other things in motion.

Lots of great posts today; I'll be back tomorrow to do them justice!

 

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