Wednesday, January 10, 2007
The Only Opinion That Really Matters
Tonight at 9 PM Eastern Time the President of the United States will take to the nation’s airwaves to deliver what may just be the most important address of his presidency. W will, according to published reports, announce a surge force of some 20,000 troops whose mission it will be to secure Baghdad and the Al Anbar province.
The good news is that the troops will have better rules of engagement and they’ll be able to hunt down the militias (both Sunni and Shiite) responsible for most of the sectarian violence which has plagued the aforementioned areas. Personally, I wish all members of the US armed forces three things – good luck, Godspeed, and good hunting.
This action probably should’ve taken place a long time ago. W knows this. Perhaps the MSM apology seekers will find what they’ve been badgering W for tonight as he apologizes to the troops for not taking action sooner. Then again, until W apologizes to America for being W, the MSM headhunters will never be satisfied.
The Congressional Jackass Retreat and Defeat Caucus, represented for the media by none other than Ted “Dude, Where’s My Scotch” Kennedy, has made it clear that they will support no such surge and will indeed work to keep W from pushing his plan forward. Some part of Scotch Kennedy mistakenly believes he and his defeatist cohorts have the power and authority to dictate where and when US troops are deployed during wartime.
The power to wage war is Constitutionally vested in the Chief Executive. That person, for Scotch Kennedy and other Constitutionally challenged Members of Congress, is the President. Despite the best efforts of Cindy Sheehan, Moveon.org, and Cynthia McKinney, W still holds that office. It is he and he alone that is responsible for making the decision to put troops in harm’s way. It is most likely the most important decision any president ever makes – and not one I envy him in any way, shape, manner, or form.
Congress has but one remedy to stop a war they don’t like. They can cut funding for the troops and their combat operations. Armies live and die by the funding Congress gives them. In the history of this great nation, Congress has used the power of the purse but once to end an unpopular war. They did it in Vietnam, and we all know what a great decision that was.
Scotch Kennedy is a politically insulated dinosaur. He can afford (politically) to go before the National Press Club and demand W come grovel to his committee for “authorization” to add more troops to the Iraqi Theatre. The problem is, W doesn’t need to do that. Congress already authorized him to wage war on Iraq. Maybe Scotch doesn’t remember that. Maybe he does. Either way, it doesn’t really matter. If Scotch Kennedy wants to fulfill his re-deployment surrender fantasy, he can do it the old fashioned Vietnam way. He’ll have to stand before the American people, and the American military by proxy, and tell them he’s going to cut their troops off.
The war in Iraq must be won. Those responsible for the sectarian violence must themselves be violently dealt with. W understands this – I hope. I know the troops understand it. What remains to be seen is whether or not Congress understands it.
Here endeth the lesson.