Michigan Democratic Senator Carl Levin, appearing on Fox News Sunday this week made a big deal that the Iraqi government has made little to no progress - so he says anyway - toward meeting the political goals that will enable it to operate independently of the US.
This is a marked departure from previous comments by Levin, other Senate Democrats and turncoat Republicans who have been hammering away at America's military for years, claiming that it can't or won't get the job done. Now, when their hypocrisy is revealed in claiming the Surge a failure only a month after its actual onset - historically similar to calling the D-Day invasion of Normandy a failure in July 1944 - they suddenly switch tactics and say the political goals aren't being met.
My, my. Aren't we just the most adaptable group of nay-saying, hand-wringing, appeasing, little communist sympathizers the world has ever seen?
By all accounts, now that the major offensive called the Surge is actually underway - it kicked off at full strength a month ago this week - terrorists are being mowed down at an even higher rate than in the past, which is saying something considering more than 40,000 have been killed worldwide since 9-11.
So, since the Senate Democrats and the Cowards of the Country across the aisle who obviously have no faith in our military leaders or our troops, can't point their fingers and say "I told you so, it will never work," they simply drop that tactic and move on, so to speak, to some other equally vapid form of criticism.
Now, even though the whole world has been saying since Day One that the security situation in Iraq has to stabilize long enough for political progress to have a chance, we suddenly are hearing that the political 'benchmarks' aren't being met, even though the full-force effort to improve security is barely underway.
What is ironic about this is that Levin, in response to some pointed questioning from Brit Hume, not only can't come up with a plan to fix what he says is wrong in Iraq, he can't even articulate what the Surge is all about or when we can take an objective review of its effectiveness. In a news conference last week, Levin said the Surge is now complete and is a failure!
Doesn't this guy watch the news? Does he exist in a bubble? Or is he just a paid puppet for Move On and other pro-communist left-wing fringe groups?
Levin's moving target form of political opportunism would be remarkable if it wasn't so predictably political! Remember Charles Durning doing The Sidestep in the movie version of the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas? If you have a little time, go watch the movie and pay close attention to The Sidestep - especially the chorus that goes:
Ooh I love to dance a little sidestep,
now they see me now they don't - I've come and gone
and, ooh I love to sweep around the wide step,
cut a little swathe and lead the people on.
Then go back and check out Levin's constantly changing commentaries on Iraq, or national security, or global warming, or the attorney general, or whatever else has been in the news for the past few years. The similarities are astounding!
In nearly the same breath that he declares we must leave Iraq immediately, Levin also says "It's not that there's military chaos!" Wow! This is the first time I have heard one of the lockstep Congressional Democrats actually saying the military is getting the job done. At least that is my interpretation of that statement.
Then, in the next breath, he returns to the theme that he wants to begin a troop withdrawal right now, with virtually all troops out by the end of next April. Can you figure out what this guy is saying? And if you can, does it matter, considering that translation to generally acceptable forms of communication is fleeting since he says and means something entirely different only a nano-second later?
Then to really throw you off, Levin says he and Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed, both of them absolute geniuses at planning and executing military strategies, have co-sponsored a bill to begin the troop yank immediately. But they don't want all the troops out now, just the overwhelming majority of them.
However, when Brit Hume points out that the acceptable missions that Levin and Reid say still should be carried out in Iraq will need troops, Levin can't say how many because he doesn't want to get bogged down in minutiae, like actually planning these things out.
Phew! Makes your head spin doesn't it?
Fortunately, for people who enjoy Fox News Sunday and appreciate the forum's efforts to give more than one view of a situation, Levin's appearance was followed by Frederick Kagan a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and former professor at the US Military Academy at West Point.
Kagan has provided considerable input to the makeup and goals of the Surge, and spoke at length about Levin's misconceptions. But the word that he used several times, and which I believe best explains the Levin-Reid et. al. point of view is "nonsensical."
I agree. Nonsensical. That pretty much sums up Levin, Reid, Pelosi, Feinstein, Boxer, Schumer, and the rest. Nonsensical. Yes. I like that.
Sunday, July 15, 2007