All righty. In this corner, we have Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid. In the other, Dick and George, the BushCo tag team. In what is today's best black pot and kettle thing, Bush and Cheney are accusing Democrats of "political opportunism in forging ahead with a $124 billion measure that sets a timetable for leaving Iraq." Oh, there's more!
Bush says the Dems should have sent him a bill he'd sign. Wowser. What a great idea! Why didn't the Dems think of that? Think of all the rancor it would bypass.
Bush says the bill is wrong for the country and wrong for the troops. I say what's wrong for the troops is unrelenting fear for their lives, body bags, Walter Reed Hospital, missing limbs, impaired minds, and shattered lives. We've done it your way for four bloody years, pal. It's not working. Your war is a complete, total failure, meaning no disrespect. As Harry Reid has pointed out repeatedly, this war has been lost.
Cheney echoed Bush's political opportunism sound bite, falling back on tired old rhetoric about Democratic "defeatism." I truly wonder how this man dares to show his snarly face in public. He is an architect of Bush's failed war and he has enough blood on his hands to make Lady Macbeth see spots. Do not be lecturing us about what is right and what is wrong. You, sir, have demonstrated that you do not know the difference or, if you do, you simply don't give a rip. You have zero credibility.
The Bush dudes are trotting in poor General Petraeus tomorrow for another Congressional dog and pony show, asking for more time, painting more rosy scenarios. Good lord, it's Groundhog Day, isn't it, over and over and over again. Read the New York Times article if you haven't had enough.
By the way, Harry Reid had the last word in this round. About Cheney, he said, "I'm not going to get into a name-calling match with somebody who has a 9 percent approval rating." I didn't know Cheney's number was up, so to speak.