Friday, May 21, 2004

Nancy Pelosi: Finally, a Straight Shooter in the House

When House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday, "I believe that the president's leadership and the actions taken in Iraq demonstrate an incompetence in terms of knowledge, judgment and experience," Republicans reacted with theatrical shock.
One even showed he thinks Bush and America are one in the same:
Marc Racicot, the chairman of the Bush-Cheney campaign, described Pelosi's comments as a "reprehensible attempt to blame America for the actions of terrorists."
Blame America? She didn't mention the country, she was talking specifically about Bush.
Do the GOP really think Bush is America?
"This president should have known ... when you decide to go to war you have to know what the consequences of your action are and how you can accomplish the mission," Pelosi said.
There was plenty of intelligence to say there would be chaos in Iraq following the fall of Baghdad."
Bush's policy "of ignoring his own State Department about what would happen after the fall of Baghdad and ignoring the intelligence as to the chaotic situation that would exist ... carries with it a responsibility for all of the costs of war," she said.
"The results of his action are what undermine his leadership, not my statements," she said. "The emperor has no clothes. When are people going to face the reality?"

She's right.
Our troops are stuck in a country filled with people who hate us and we are spending $5 billion a month in the process. There's no end in sight, and the June deadline for handing over sovereignty is about as laughable as Bush's Mission Accomplished speech last year.
Sure, Iraq had a bad leader in Hussein. The Middle East has plenty of bad leaders.
But Iraq didn't attack us on 9/11, Bin Laden did.
For Bush to divert the focus from bringing Bin Laden to justice to his personal feud with Saddam Hussein is incompetence.

Pelosi may have fired the first volley across the aisle, but someone needed to.
Whatever it takes, Bush has got to go and Pelosi showed tremendous courage in saying aloud what so many in the House have likely been thinking.
The GOP who condemned her remarks keep missing her point.
Get this:
Steve Schmidt, a spokesman for the Bush-Cheney campaign, said the comments "represent a grotesque political attack. They're simply outrageous and the American people will reject that type of blame America first. ... American troops are bravely fighting the terrorist enemy and it is the terrorists who are responsible for the violence, not the president."
Rep. Tom Reynolds, R-N.Y., chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said if all Pelosi could offer is taunting U.S. troops "by saying they are dying needlessly and are risking their lives on a shallow mission, then she should just go back to her pastel-colored condo in San Francisco and keep her views to herself."
A Pelosi spokeswoman said that the congresswoman lives in a red-brick house.
Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie assailed "angry Democrats" who "have now adopted Blame America first as their official policy."

Republicans- Get your heads out of the sand. Pelosi blames Bush, not America, not American soldiers, she put the blame where it belongs- on Bush.

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