I Want To See Some Teeth And I Want To See Them Bared!
I haven’t given Joe Biden much thought as a real potential Democratic Presidential candidate, but if he can successfully lead the way in ending the war in Iraq, he may just emerge as the real winner. Biden has been pushing a re-authorization of the war, in effect repealing the President’s current war authority and replacing it much more narrow objectives. Getting this through the Senate won’t be easy, especially when they can’t even pass a non-binding resolution to declare an escalation of the war “a bad idea”, but Biden can be a pretty smooth talker when his foot isn’t lodged firmly in his mouth.
I really thought that the Democrats were onto something with the idea of putting restrictions on the money being spent on the war, but it appears that “fear” has yet again deterred the Democrats from doing anything substantive to rein in this administration. The last election was a big winner for the Dems, but if they fail to act and continue to react to what they fear the Republicans will throw at them, it may prove to be the last election they ever win. We need some strong leaders willing to act. I hope the Democrats don’t leave that to the Republicans yet again, that’s how we got here in the first place.
Tying the money to troop readiness is a great idea and leaves the Republicans who vote against “funding with accountability” open to the charge of not really supporting the men and women who fight. The Democrats have got to learn to play the political game to win because even in the majority, they’re getting beat!
Stop sniping at each other and start aiming at the opposition for God's sake. If the Democrats can become as deft at throwing political hardballs at the Republicans as they are at out pandering each other, they could just make some serious progress toward bringing our troops home. Hope springs eternal, right?