Thursday, June 30, 2005Some Dare Call It Hypocrisy
I'm lifting this almost verbatim from Delaware Dem's diary at Daily Kos -- I'm ashamed to do it, but it's too good not to spread around. Many thanks to the author; go and read the original diary for related quotes from Bush documenting the shifting (but oh-so-clear) objective of our "mission."
These quotes date back seven years, to the time when President Clinton was sending troops to Kosovo. Republicans once thought questioning the president was their duty as representatives of the people, but now it's the act of traitors and cowards -- funny, that.
"You can support the troops but not the president" --Tom Delay
"[The] President...is once again releasing American military might on a foreign country with an ill-defined objective and no exit strategy. He has yet to tell the Congress how much this operation will cost. And he has not informed our nation's armed forces about how long they will be away from home. These strikes do not make for a sound foreign policy." -- Rick Santorum
"American foreign policy is now one huge big mystery. Simply put, the administration is trying to lead the world with a feel-good foreign policy." -- Tom Delay
"If we are going to commit American troops, we must be certain they have a clear mission, an achievable goal and an exit strategy." -- Karen Hughes
"Explain to the mothers and fathers of American servicemen that may come home in body bags why their son or daughter have to give up their life?" -- Sean Hannity
"I cannot support a failed foreign policy. History teaches us that it is often easier to make war than peace. This administration is just learning that lesson right now. The President began this mission with very vague objectives and lots of unanswered questions. A month later, these questions are still unanswered. There are no clarified rules of engagement. There is no timetable. There is no legitimate definition of victory. There is no contingency plan for mission creep. There is no clear funding program. There is no agenda to bolster our overextended military. There is no explanation defining what vital national interests are at stake. There was no strategic plan for war when the President started this thing, and there still is no plan today." -- Tom Delay, Floor Statement, 4/28/99
"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is." -- Governor George W. Bush
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