Friday, July 10, 2009

The Loyal Opposition

Gadfly
by Mort Malkin

The Loyal Opposition

In Congress, the less than loyal opposition found fault with President Obama’s response to the demonstrations in Iraq. He opposed violence and stood with the Iranian people, but ruled out American intervention. [Nary a word about covert CIA operations near the Zagros mountains and in Luristan where community control is the rule.]

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a state where a substantial cohort of the population is still fighting the Civil War, would have President Obama speak out forcefully against Ahmedinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who supports him. Just being opposed to a violent crackdown is not enough, said Senator Graham. Senator John McCain said “Me too” and alluded to some sample forcefulness. You will recall that presidential candidate McCain thought it was funny when he sang “Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.” McCain single-handedly could unite Iranians behind Ahmedinejad. At that time in late ’08, Dick Cheney, who often smirked but never laughed, was entirely serious in organizing a scheme to goad Iran into attacking American forces so he could bomb Teheran. Dick Cheney was generally more than talk, but his Iran plan didn’t sail with George W.

Now in mid 2009, the Republicans are finally united. They’re just not united with the American people.

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