With all the rhetoric this administration has been spewing the last few years, something like this is, at best, criminal.
They have been going on and on about how, if left to their devices, the Democrats would make this country less safe, that the Democrats want nothing more than to cut and run, and the vice-president even said, in that Wolf Blitzer interview last week, that we need to show the insurgents in Iraq that we have the stomach for this war, implying that the Democrats resolution against the Surge, was giving the opposite impression.
First of all, I can't tell you how angry that last comment made me. It is similar, to me, to the comment the president made when he said "bring 'em on" in answer to a question about the battle ahead.
It is easy to ask for a fight when someone else is fighting your battles, and it's easy to tell someone to buck up and "stomach" the fight when you, personally, haven't lost anyone in that battle.
To say I was incensed by that comment would be an understatement, who is he, or anyone to say we don't have the stomach for this fight when we have lost over 3,000 American souls to this battle? What is the magic number that will prove to him that we've got what it takes?
Saying we need to see the light at the end of the tunnel in this war isn't an indictment of the people fighting and dying in the field. It's an indictment of those, whom I might add, have a surprising lack of military service in their portfolios, who sent those men and women into battle.
To add insult to injury, Oregon's Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, spearheaded a bill to halt sales of F-14 spare parts to Iran, after an Associate Press article shed light on the practice.
For this administration to paint the opposition as soft on defense, and then to either sanction, or at the very least, be blissfully unaware that military spare parts are being sold to a country the president has labeled as part of "an axis of evil" is ridiculous.
As I've said before, and I'm sure will say again, I'm constantly amazed at what this administration can and has gotten away with. hopefully with leadership like that of Wyden, we can begin to see situations as they truly are, instead of how they want us to see them.