Friday, December 16, 2005


Since money spent in Iraq is money that can not be spent to rebuild the Gulf Coast, I reserve the right to opine on the war in Iraq even though this is a blog focusing on the greater New Orleans area.

Having said that, a vote today in the House of Representatives rejected a withdrawal from Iraq:
In a 279-109 vote, the GOP-controlled House approved a resolution saying the chamber is committed "to achieving victory in Iraq" and that setting an "artificial timetable" would be "fundamentally inconsistent with achieving victory."
They neglected to define victory. Is victory killing every terrorist in the world? Is it just killing every terrorist in Iraq? What the hell is victory? Wouldn’t it be funny if victory were withdrawing? Do they even know what victory is? What kind of statement is that?

The good gentleman from Florida disagrees with me:
But Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., said Congress needed to make a statement that it was committed to winning. "This is a global war on terror, and if we don't win the battle in Iraq, where else might we win it or, where else might we have to fight it?" he said.
Oh, that’s right. I forgot. We’re fighting them over there so that we can’t build bigger levees over here. Priorities!

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