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Playing Politics While The Bullets Are Flying

By Wyatt Earp | October 8, 2009

Marine in Afghanistan

Believe it or not, I blame both sides of the aisle for this. General McChrystal has asked for new troops to complete the mission, and Washington is sitting on its collective hands. What’s the rush, guys? We only have our soldiers in harm’s way? Not that you care.

While real soldiers are fighting a real war in Afghanistan, politicians toss their fates around like a football. Leaving a meeting with the President at the White House on the subject, members of Congress made statements which don’t give me much confidence in their intentions. According to the Stars and Stripes, Harry Reid said that he “left the meeting believing that all lawmakers – regardless of party affiliation – will support Obama’s ultimate decision.” That kind of wording means that if some politicians don’t support the President’s decision, they’ll be ostracized.

John Kerry, of course, sees the war as a political opportunity instead of the lives of troops;

Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry, D-Mass, said while the president deliberates his options lawmakers should be doing a “self-examination” of their own “to see how much they’re willing to put on the table, see what they’re willing to commit in terms of money and troops.” For his part, Kerry indicated he’d be reluctant to send more troops overseas without a clearer set of goals.

In other words, disregard the future of the troops, think more about the political implications of your decisions. He’d be reluctant because he gets his votes in Back-assachusetts. (H/T - This Ain’t Hell)

You would think that Kerry – who, as we all know SERVED IN VIETNAM – would have more regard for our troops than that. Of course, caring about soldiers goes against everything Kerry stands for, so instead, we have to listen to his politicization of their mission and their lives.

Vote them out. All of them.

Topics: The Troops | 9 Comments »

9 Responses to “Playing Politics While The Bullets Are Flying”

  1. The Duck Says:
    October 8th, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Yeah but remember Kerry got a Purple Heart from a fairly nasty paper cut ;-}

  2. Jon Brooks Says:
    October 8th, 2009 at 7:45 am

    KERRY!!!! Slowly I turned..step by step..inch by inch…
    oh sorry thats Kookamonga.

  3. Sully Says:
    October 8th, 2009 at 8:35 am

    “Vote them out. All of them.”

    I am hopelessly outnumbered. Take pitty on me.

    …and it was Niagra Falls.

  4. Jon Brooks Says:
    October 8th, 2009 at 9:34 am was the Niagra Falls routine but the word was..POKOMOKO..where did i get Kookamonga?
    50 years later the memory fades and invents strange things.

    “Slowly I turned, step by step I crept closer and closer..and when I felt his hot breath on my teeth..I GRABBED HIM ONCE AGAIN!! Classic.


  5. Jon Brooks Says:
    October 8th, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Good news on a small scale from the war front in Iraq.
    My housemates grandchild (I guess if she and I were married he would be my step grandkid:)) was sent to Germany then to Fort Campbell from Iraq, for psychiatric evaluation for anger problems..LOLOL A hajj was rooting in the garbage and he told him to cease and desist and leave the area, they argued awhile and the hajj moved away. When Tim turned his back the hajj hit him with a thrown rock in the helmet so he walked up to him and rifle butted him in the face. Now I ask you..excessive??
    Maybe a broken nose slight concussion but the hajj will live.

  6. Deanna Says:
    October 8th, 2009 at 9:59 am

    When it comes to the the military I think they should have a “UPS rule”. UPS will not allow anyone to be in charge of or make decisions for their company who has not started at the bottom and worked their way up through the ranks of the company. I think it should be no less for our military. Unless you have “been there and done that” you should not make one decision. President or not.

  7. Wyatt Earp Says:
    October 8th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Duck – Yeah, I heard it was a tremendous stationary firefight.

    Jon – Both are equally inane.

    Sully – Yeah, you are in the belly of the beast.

    Jon – I would have shown much less restraint if it was me.

    Deanna – I like that idea. Work your way up, then you can made the decisions.

  8. BadIdeaGuy Says:
    October 8th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Mr. Brooks, I’d like to nominate your housemate’s grandchild for a civilian medal of honor. If our soldiers don’t react to rocks thrown at them, the emboldened POS might come back with an RPG.

    Damn the politically correct ROE and the sh*theads who imposed them.

    As for Afghanistan, I place sole blame for the continuing deterioration on the party of Jawn Kerry who cheerled the Iraqi insurgency and placed stupid rules of engagement of Afghanistan. Doom on their party and their offspring.

  9. Ingineer66 Says:
    October 8th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    “to see how much they are willing to put on the table”?! Are you F-ing kidding me? Put it all on the table to win or get the hell out and go bury your head in the sand. Vote them all out now.