The Senate’s action yesterday, requiring the president to pressure Iraqis to compromise politically, to provide quarterly reports (as if body counts are like price/earnings ratios on financial statements) and to, “explain to Congress and the American people its strategy for the successful completion of the mission in Iraq” was awful on any number of levels.
As I said on the O’Reilly Factor last night, the formulation of questions on the war are wrong so long as we speak only about Iraq. And if even Bill O’Reilly says, as he did last night, that we’ll never defeat terrorism everywhere, our mindset is wrong. We can’t and won’t defeat terrorism everywhere. But if our nation is going to survive, we need to defeat the terrorist ideology and convince its adherents that they are defeated. If we quit before achieving that goal, they will keep fighting until we are defeated.
Before I got to the Fox studios, I did a hit with my pal Hugh Hewitt, who was about as steamed as I’ve ever heard him on Republican political cowardice. You can read the transcript of that segment here. People such as Chuck Hagel and others who work against the president’s ability to carry on with the war will — I hope too late — be made to understand that they have forfeited their presidential ambitions by joining the Dems in opposition to the war. At this point, there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between Hagel and Kerry.
I never knew so many Senate Republicans were French. (Some, such as John Warner, are members of the Franco-American Congressional caucus. And yes, Virginia, there is such a thing.)