“He’ll decide after the holidays”????? You’ve got to be kidding me. Nothing should interrupt the president’s holidays? Bob Gate’s? Condoleezza Rice’s? I couldn’t believe I heard that coming out of the White House. The president will not make any decisions or changes to his current Iraq policy until after the holidays. After all, they said on background – he only has one chance to get it right. This after Gates acknowledged in his confirmation hearings that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 and the White House officially said they would change course in Iraq. Two admissions that were not forthcoming heretofore.
I am sure that the families of the soldiers who are currently in Iraq feel badly for the president’s desire to put off the hard work. I am sure that, as their loved one is cursing the streets of Baghdad and elsewhere hoping not to get shot at or ambushed, they feel comfortable knowing that the president is taking a break from decision-making.
This is more than outrageous. This abdication of responsibility should be news we scream from the rooftops every day between now and New Years.
Some Republican pundits are saying this week, “Where are the Democrats? Why don’t they provide a path? Why don’t they step in?” Yet we all know that those same pundits would be accusing Democrats of treason if they used the best weapon at their disposal, the war budget. I think the Democratic Congress will be aggressive with this president. But if he intends to continue to claim that he is in charge, then he owes Americans two holiday presents right now: Tell us what our remaining goals are in the region and tell us how and when our troops are coming home.
“I’m the decider,” said the president. But he can’t make a decision. Happy holidays, soldier.