Thursday, February 15, 2007

Busybodies

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-People's Republic of San Francisco) says that President Bush lacks the authority to invade Iran without specific approval from Congress.
Mrs. Pelosi says that the President has consistently said he supports a diplomatic resolution to differences with Iran "and I take him at his word." Out from under the tables now, Mahmoud, "Mad Jad" Ahmadinejad. You can stop browning your pants now, "Supreme Leader" Khamenei ! Get settled into your new place, Muqtada al Sadr ! You're all safe now -- you and your nuclear bombs too, because Madam Speaker Pelosi and her disgusting little friends will protect you from mean old imperialist, war-mongering President Bush and the US military.
I must have missed the part of the Constitution that appoints the People's Republic's Ambassador to the US the Commander in Chief. (And yes, I'm familiar with the the provisions governing the power to declare war, and the power of the purse). But the Democrats want to playact at leadership: they are preparing to pass a "non-binding" resolution condemning our efforts in Iraq, while expressing "support" for our soldiers.
What this adds up to is that the Democratic majority are too chicken-hearted to vote their private convictions and cut off appropriations. But they can tell all their dim-witted, Chomsky-reading, pot-smoking supporters who take their cues from Hollywood that: "We tried. We really disapprove, truly, we do!" Small miracles the resolution is toothless for now, I guess. In any event, such busybody non-sequitur statements from Madam Speaker Pelosi about Presidential powers are of a piece with this shameful, piece-of-trash of a resolution.
As President Bush correctly said today: "This may become the first time in the history of the United States Congress that it has voted to send a new commander into battle and then voted to oppose his plan that is necessary to succeed in that battle."

6 comments:

Al S. E. said...

President Ahmadinejad's views are summarized on this website: ahmadinejadquotes.blogspot.com

Candidly Caroline said...

Whatever side of the aisle someone is on, there is no way around the fact that this is pure politics. This amounted to a whole lot of time spent on an absolutely inactive action.

Imagine if they'd poured all that energy in to something positive.

louielouie said...

CC,
this is the US congress you're speaking of. they work about 4 useful days a year. all the heavy lifting was done over 200 years ago.

off topic comment:
i can't wait until EJM I gets a glimpse of the new britney "do". he will be linking to a photog i'm sure........

Candidly Caroline said...

Hopefully she'll let it grow back naturally so it will be healthy! Poor girl, I hope she gets her life together. She can still do it.

I'm curious to see if Jefe can explain why a congressman who likes to invest in his freezer is now on our Homeland Security committee.

louielouie said...

there are a number of questionable appointments sitting on that committee.

El Jefe Maximo said...

Investing in freezers...I like that, I'll have to steal it sometime. I think Representative Jefferson's winding-up on the Homeland Security committee is an especially egregous example of politics as usual. He's been kicked off Ways and Means (which is probably the most powerful committee in the House of Representatives) -- among other things, it controls anything to do with taxation. This is a big comedown, which upset the Congressional Black Caucus -- and the Democrats, who are dependent on monolithic black support, just cannot politically do this.

Putting Freezer Jefferson on Homeland Security is a perfect demonstration of all that is wrong with the Democratic Party. Certainly they know that the Freeze has a problem -- that's why they took him off Ways and Means, and got him away from the money. The Democratic leadership sent him someplace that sounds important, but that they really believe is irrelevant -- Homeland Security. At bottom, the Democrats do not believe in the whole concept of "homeland security" -- they believe in foreign policy as a branch of social work, or see it as a set of problems caused by Bush imperialism and militarism. So they exile Freezer Jefferson to Homeland Security, (a dumping ground under this Speaker) because they really do see it as exile to someplace unimportant, except to the media -- where they can sell it as a harmless sop to the Congressional Black Caucus.