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Monday, December 12, 2005

Playing politics with Democrats words

Drudge has linked to a statement from Senator Inouye on the recent GOP ad:

Sat Dec 10 2005 16:41:38 ET

Today, Senator Daniel Inouye, the Ranking Member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his service in World War II, released the following statement:

"As a Veteran of World War II, I know what it’s like to fight a war and put your life on the line every day. I also know what it takes to win a war, and I know that politics and an attack machine like the President’s plays no part in it.

"The Republican Party’s latest ad is a shameful and disgusting attempt to distract the American people from the problems in Iraq. It may improve the President’s political fortunes, but the American people and our troops will pay the price. I hope that President Bush realizes how shameful it is to play politics when what we really need is leadership, and that he will direct his Party to take down this ad immediately."

This is interesting of course, because if you've seen the ad, it uses Democrats own defeatist statements against them. So in Sen. Inouye's view its ok to "play politics" if you're a Democrat. But if you're a Republican, sorry.

Apparently, Senator Inouye didn't get the memo. The Post-Dispatch in an editorial today details the new strategy, "No More Mr. Nice Guy":
Mr. Barnes' source confides, "The strategic decision was to be forward-looking." The president would speak about Iraq and its progress, the source said, but he wouldn't respond to partisan attacks.

Somehow, the troops will "pay the price" when the GOP airs an ad that only plays audio of Democrats calling for the US to pull "a Frenchy".

Methinks this is driven by two things:
  1. The Dems know they overreached (as they always do) and a backlash is in the making;
  2. The elections in Iraq (one of the signs of our impending victory) is going to happen this week, and it's an inopportune time for the Republicans to remind the (voting) public that the Dems are against this war and the transformation that's taking place in the Middle East.

No worries... it seems the Dems have plenty of supporters. (Unfortunately for the Dems, they're not US voters.)
CAIRO, Egypt - Five Islamic militant groups, including al-Qaida in Iraq, denounced the Iraqi elections as a "satanic project" that violates God's law and vowed to continue their war to establish an Islamic government in the country. But the Internet posting made no threats to disrupt Thursday's parliamentary elections, unlike previous statements before balloting in January and October, when militants warned they would attack polling stations to stop people from voting.

The statement's authenticity could not be independently verified. If authentic, it was a rare instance of several of Iraq's militant groups joining together to announce their stance.

"The conspiracy in Iraq against the mujahedeen, the so-called political process ... is nothing more than a satanic project, just like those before it," the statement said.

Finally, the voting has begun in Iraq... there's no doubt in my mind that the Dems and the MSM will play down its significance, aiding and abetting the groups mentioned above.

Recent polls show that the Iraqis have an extremely positive outlook on the future of their country.

Dec. 12, 2005 — Surprising levels of optimism prevail in Iraq with living conditions improved, security more a national worry than a local one, and expectations for the future high. But views of the country's situation overall are far less positive, and there are vast differences in views among Iraqi groups — a study in contrasts between increasingly disaffected Sunni areas and vastly more positive Shiite and Kurdish provinces.

An ABC News poll in Iraq, conducted with Time magazine and other media partners, includes some remarkable results: Despite the daily violence there, most living conditions are rated positively, seven in 10 Iraqis say their own lives are going well, and nearly two-thirds expect things to improve in the year ahead.

If only the Democrats, "progressives", and the MSM could share in this optimism and smile upon the spread of liberty in the world. (It wasn't too long ago when it was "liberal" to pursue such things...)

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Brian