Senate Democratic leaders got their panties in a knot (not a pleasant picture, if you know what I mean) when Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki went off script recently and condemned Israel's actions against the people of Lebanon.
"Iraq is urging the international community to take a quick and firm stance to stop this agression against Lebanon, to stop the killing of innocent people and to stop the destruction of infrastructure." How dare he speak out against killing and destruction!
"What is happening is an operation of mass destruction and mass punishment and an operation using great force, something that Israel has, and Lebanon doesn't." Truer words were hardly ever spoken, but apparently Mr. Maliki forgot the first rule of being a puppet: never criticize Israel. Our puppet Congress never does, and look how well dressed and well paid they are!
In a letter to al-Maliki, Harry Reid, Dick Durbin and Charles Schumer called the Iraqi leaders comments troubling.
"He forgot to recognize Israel's right to defend themselves! " the three seethed. This raised serious questions in their minds whether or not Iraq under his leadership can play a constructive role in resolving the current crisis amd bringing stability to the Middle East. Huh?
Mr. Maliki's great crime was to not condemn Hezbollah for killing hundreds of Israeli citizens and completely decimating Israeli infrastructure (because they didn't) as well as condemning Israel. Bad puppet. Bad, bad puppet. Now Senate Democrats are threatening to boycott his speech because he hasn't, which clearly shows that they know who butters their bread.
"Part of the reason that America was sold on Iraq was to have a staunch ally in the region-a democratic ally that would back our policies,"Schumer said. No. You're wrong, asshole. The reason America was sold on Iraq was because of lies perpetuated by the Bush ADD-ministration, the WMD, the al-qaeda thing, the ties to 9/11 (that many adults still believe existed), that's what the war in Iraq was sold on. There was never any mention of installing a puppet regime. "Now if the prime minister can't condemn terrorism, which is ruining his country--then where are we headed?" Well, actually his country was ruined before the terrorism broke out. Now, who was it that ruined his country? Hezbollah? Al-Qaeda? Oh, yeah, it was the US.
In the House, Rahm Emmanuel and two other Democrats are circulating a letter asking Speaker Dennis Hastert to cancel the address. "With evidence that Iraqi leadership's goals are not in the best interest of the United States- nor the Middle East-Prime Minister Maliki's speech is innappropriate. We are unaware of any instance where a world leader who actively worked against the interests of the United States was afforded such an honor." How about the last fucking State of the Union address? How is condemning Israel for it's wanton destruction as inappropriate response to acts they set in motion themselves not in the interest of the Middle East?
The Republicans, remarkably, have shown restraint in reaction to al-Maliki's comments. John McCain said Democrats shouldn't boycott the speech due to al-maliki's remarks and added "I don't like them either, but he's entitled to them." Dennis Hastert called them political moves in an election year. All this does for me is reinforce the validity of the previous post.