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Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Senate Demands Iraq Strategy
by Cordeiro
By now I'm sure you've read or heard of the Senate effort to force the W Administration to clearly define a strategy for Iraq. The Senate Jackass Caucus, led by Senate Minority Leader Dusty Harry (D-Circus Circus) was stymied in their efforts to force W to set a date certain by which the United States Armed forces would flee Iraq and let it descend into a chaotic quagmire reminiscent of Saigon in 1975.

Side Note: I'm not a Constitutional Law Professor, so perhaps this issue would be best explained by the Blogfather. My reading of the Constitution leads me to believe Congress has no standing upon which to dictate strategy, policy, or any other part of a war. By Constitutional designation, Congress is endowed with the right to declare war. This they did(although "Lurch" Kerry, Hillary "We Are The President" Clinton, Scotch Kennedy, and Dusty Harry would prefer you believe they were lied into voting as they did) with the resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq. Sorry, Lurch, it was not an authorization to "threaten" the use of force. Try reading the resolution before you vote on it next time.

The President (that would be W) as the Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces, is Constitutionally endowed with the authority to wage war. This separation of powers is very specific. Before you go citing the 1973 War Powers Act to me, I would remind you that legislation has never been put before the Supreme Court and most lawyers don't think it would past muster if it were put to such judicial scrutiny.

Congress really only has one option to exercise oversight of wartime operations. It has, as designated by the Constitution, the power of the purse. It can, therefore, refuse to fund wartime operations if it feels so inclined. Go ahead, Dusty Harry. Try that one. I dare you.

End of Digression.

What Dusty Harry and the rest of the Senate Jackass Caucus, inexplicably joined by people like John Warner, fail to see is the very straight forward strategy already put forth by the W Administration and boiled down into bullet points by Scrappleface's Scott Ott:

US Iraq Strategy:

1. Kill Terrorists
2. Train Iraqi forces to Kill Terrorists
3. Help Iraqis build schools and infrastructure
4. Leave behind first democracy in Arab World.
5. Annoy the hell out of Dusty Harry and the Senate Jackass Caucus
Ok, I added that last point.

Here's the bottom line. The US will be finished in Iraq when the US is finished in Iraq. Wars are over when one side is victorious and the other side either surrenders or is destroyed. Past generations of Americans understood this concept. I doubt any reading of history would find Senate Republicans demanding an "Exit Strategy" from FDR or Truman.

Here endeth the lesson.
1 Comment(s):
I think at this point 2 and 3 are the most important, with an addition of monitoring the activities of the Shiite majority. The recent torture allegations remind me too much of Bosnia.

Have we backed the wrong horse in Iraq? Only time will tell.
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