Rangel starts the countdown clock for ending the Iraqi Debacle.
On Face the Nation.
Rep. Cholly Rangel – always a ball to watch – announces the End of The Iraq Debacle.
Damned right I called for a draft. And I will reintroduce it. I don’t see how anyone can support the war and not support the draft. This President and his Party would NEVER have gone into Iraq on the flimsy evidence they had, with the shitty strategy they had, with the Fortune Cookie post-invasion they knew their own children were going to have to pay the price.
Always so easy for cowards to send others off to die for their Glorious Causes.
Always so easy for other cowards to vote for them, shout for them, stomp for them…so long as they never have to pay any price or bear any burden.
Ah, but when the waiter comes back to the table and says your puling, bullshit, “They volunteered” credit card has been rejected? That now we’re coming for you -- for your daughter AND your ducats? That the Yellow Elephants and Wingnut Welfare queens no long have a bulletproof berth reserved at America’s leading Conservatard think tanks, but now have a seat set aside just for them in a Baghdad Purple Heart Mobile?
On that day, the war ends.
Because on that day, Republican trickle-down “Pro Patria Morti” comes rocketing right back up the pipe and firehosing out of Jenna and Not Jenna’s bidet.
Here are the Actuals via Yahoo News for you reality-bound punctiliants:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An influential Democratic lawmaker on Sunday called for reinstatement of the draft as a way to boost U.S. troop levels and draw a broader section of the population into the military or public service.
U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (news, bio, voting record), the incoming chairman of the House of Representatives' tax-writing committee, said he would introduce legislation to reinstate the draft as soon as the new, Democratic-controlled Congress convenes in January.
Asked on CBS' "Face the Nation" if he was still serious about the proposal for a universal draft he raised a couple of years ago, he said, "You bet your life. Underscore serious."
And finally, because combing every golf course and whorehouse in the Universe for the “real killers” costs dough, O.J. Simpson needed to squeeze a more few pfennigs out of desecrating the dead again.
And who’s The Juice gonna turn to, to help him pimp his new “Uxoricide for Dummies” how-to manual?
Judith Regan and the Fox Network of course.
All of whom Bob Schieffer takes the time to properly shellac here...
I thought the Congressional Page scandal would surely win the most disgusting story of the year prize — but who knew O.J. Simpson would write a how-to manual describing the way he would have killed his wife, had he chosen to commit the crime.
Or that he would get two prime-time hours on Fox television to promote it?
In our country the law says a citizen who is found not guilty can't be tried again for the same crime.
So along came a publisher named Judith Regan who found a way to funnel millions of dollars to O.J. to write this trash.
And get this: she says one reason she did it was because she was once an abused wife. I'm just guessing here, but I'll bet another reason is she gets a cut of the profits.
She will personally conduct the two one-hour interviews that will air later this month on Fox Television, which — like Ms. Regan's company — is owned by Rupert Murdoch.
I've never been one to criticize competitors — it always sounds cheesy — but may I congratulate the Fox affiliate station owners and managers who have decided NOT to broadcast this dreadful thing being sent out by their network.
Way to go, Bob.
On…Meet the Press
Senators-elect Jim Webb and John Tester. In which the American public learns that earmarks are not little nicks left on Tester’s ears when his barber flat-tops him.
Webb and Tester talks about reversing the Two Tiering (Fiefication ™ driftglass) of America. Talking about the massive differences between Free and Fair Trade.
They talk about work and fairness and the middle class.
To which this fake reporter can only add, Halle-Fucking-Lujah.
cieran makes this point in the comments section:
I thought the salient feature of today's MTP was that the political guests (Senators-elect Webb and Tester) could actually form coherent sentences that made grammatical and intellectual sense.
After hearing little more than GOP idjits spewing half-truths and quarter-sentences on these teevee venues for the last few years, it was a breath of fresh air to listen to members of Congress who showed candor, perspective, intellect, and (thank gawd!) actual wit.
Couldn't agree more.
Way to go, Jim and John!
Then up: Ted Koppel and Robin Wright, but not that Robin Wright.
On This Week... Saint McCain continues his neverending campaign to promise to personally fellate every single voter in the country if they will just please, for the Sake of Sweet Baby Jesus let him be President already!!
Queers? Well St. McCain is against them, before he is for them. Says “No” to gay marriage. Civil union? Can’t force his old mouth form those word.
Doesn’t believe it’s a sin, though.
Kind of odd, don’t you think?
Because if it’s not a sin, why the fuck should it be outlawed? If it’s not immoral, whose fucking business is except those involved, Mr. Federalist?
Mr. Small Gummit?
Sorry, those are questions I would have asked. George Stephanopoulos chose not to. I wonder why?
We did learn that St. McCain firmly believe that we don’t need specific laws in the workplace to prevent discrimination…even though we really do. And he is quite sure that the military doesn’t classify homosexuality as abnormal…even though it really does.
So is he now just a doddering, cranky old man incapable of comprehending these basic facts? Or is he just angling for the “Don’t confuse me with Reality” Republican Base?
What he does make clear is that he is a Federalist, apparently in the proud tradition of Jefferson Davis and George Wallace. He supports the overturning of Roe v. Wade because those things should be a matter for each state to decide.
driftglass translation: the basic human rights of women in Alabama and South Dakota are different than the basic human rights of women in Illinois and Washington. The basic human rights of the women in well-off families who will be able to afford to fly to where abortion is perfectly legal are different than basic human rights of poor women who will be stranded in 19th century Red State pest-holes.
You could practically hear him whispering “interposition and nullification” under his breathe as he labored to keep his temper in check.
And considering that he was carefully and obviously reading from prepared text, why don’t they just send McCain’s notes next time and let him sleep in? Maybe hire Fred Thompson to read them for him?
St. McCain was also clear that even though the Commander-in-Chief and his Generals all say we cannot make productive use of more troops in Iraq, he thinks we need ‘em anyway.
And will only advocate getting out “When I’m convinced that every option has been exhausted.” And while some say that this is McCain’s no-lose position, more and more it looks like the cynically empty posturing of an old man playing out his final bid for the Big Chair.
Stephanopoulos drops the friedman card on the table which seems to irritate and flummox the Great Man.
Fareed Zakaria sums it up reasonably well...
(h/t Think Progress…)
ZAKARIA: Senator McCain who I have a lot of respect and like him has been saying for three years we needed more troops. His policy today will not work. We have enough troops to go after Muqtada al-Sadr, the key Shiite religious leader whose militia is causing us this trouble. We can’t do it because the Iraqi government won’t let us. It is causing enormous political pressure. So right now we have an Iraqi government that does not allow us to search for our own soldier. We had to abandon a search, is in cahoots with a shiite militia that has captured americans. The point is not here that you need a military or political solution. Obviously you need both. The point is we have an iraqi government that cannot, will not make any of the decisions that will supplement this military.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Even if we had more troops it wouldn’t work?
ZAKARIA: There is no question that if you had more troops and still can’t go after the militias, can’t offer amnesty to the Sunni insurgents, the core political decisions we have to make do not depend on more troops but political compromises that this government, this ruling coalition can’t make. Sending in more troops in that context is just willing more american deaths.
When Josef Stalin wanted to show his contempt for the empty posturing of the Pope, he famously asked “How many divisions does the Pope have?”
So how many divisions do you have, St. McCain?
The world awaits your answer.