"There's been a certain amount of pop sociology in America ... that the Shia can't get along with the Sunni and the Shia in Iraq just want to establish some kind of Islamic fundamentalist regime. There's almost no evidence of that at all. Iraq's always been very secular."And now the man who has been wrong about everything, who has bone for brains is calling congressional leaders, both Republican and Democrat, who oppose Bush's latest "stay the course"
~Willaim Kristol, April 4th, 2003
Today, Boneless Wonders sit on the benches of both parties in Congress. More are to be found on the Democratic side of the aisle than the Republican. But the herd of Boneless Wonders these days is a bipartisan one. Let's see if we can describe their thinking.Of course he gets into to trouble right away.
Say you're an average congressman. How do you react to President Bush's Iraq speech? You suspect, deep down, that he's probably doing more or less what he needs to do. We can't just click our heels and get out of Iraq--the consequences would be disastrous. And the current strategy isn't working. You have said so yourself. Last fall you called for replacing Rumsfeld. You've complained that there weren't enough troops. What's more, you've heard good things about General David Petraeus from colleagues with military expertise. So now Bush has fired Rumsfeld, put Petraeus in command, and sent in more troops. Maybe this new approach deserves a chance to work?
"You suspect, deep down, that he's probably doing more or less what he needs to do."Of course after a line like that you can pretty well disregard everything that follows. The vast majority not only don't think he's doing "more or less what he needs to do" they don't even think he has a clue as to what to do.
The rest is the same mindless drivel we expect to hear from Kristol and the sinking neocons, they just criticize, they don't have a plan. Wrong - most Democrats and many Republicans have endorsed the findings of the ISG. But of course that's not a plan because it would require doing something other than shooting and killing - like talking to Iraq's neighbors, diplomacy, an alien concept to the Bush administration and the cons. While Bush stays the course in the Iraq war the neocons like Kristol stay the course in the rhetoric war. Nothing new on either front.