The Lethal Folly of Joe Lieberman Begging American People - and Iraqis - To Give Bush "Another Chance" With Iraq Surge
Amanda Marcotte posting at Pandagon pretty much sums up my incredulity, anger, and disgust over Connecticut's Democratic/Indy senator, Joe Lieberman's, latest plea for his hero, President George W. Bush, on his planned surge/escalation/acceleration (pick a term, any term - they all amount to fatally and expensively misguided):
Greg is right, this comment from Joe Lieberman is not only stupid in general, it’s really bad politics.
The Senate should “step back for a moment and give you [Gen. Petraeus] a chance…. Perhaps a last chance, to succeeed in Iraq,” Lieberman said. “If God forbid, you are unable to succeed, then there will be plenty of time for the resolutions of disapproval or the other alternatives that have been contemplated.”If you’re gung-ho for the war, giving Bush “a chance” to kills some more people and fail miserably to achieve objectives that were never laid out sounds like a great idea, due to the desperate clinging to straws issue. If you were against it from the get-go, as I was, then all you can think is give him another chance to do what exactly? Cindy Sheehan is still waiting for her answer from Bush on what nobel cause her son died for, which is to say that we still have no clue what we’re trying to do there. Maybe a surge will turn up those magical WMDs we heard so much about that no one seems to mention anymore.
But what’s particularly bad politics about this is the entitlement vibes radiating off Lieberman. Another chance? To blow billions of dollars and lives? Most of us don’t get another chance from the cable company when we pay our bill late on the late charges. It isn’t tough to figure out that we’re going to be impatient with the idea that someone deserves another chance when the stakes are much higher than those of the wardens of Time Warner when one person’s check comes in two days late. Language like Lieberman’s sets the price on American lives much lower than your average voter probably takes them, particularly those of us who happen to know people in the military or even have friends or relatives or god forbid children that could be sent off to war.
Can you imagine what a comment like that must sound to a parent or spouse of someone who died in the war? Another chance?