The Toxic Texan spoke from the Oval Office tonight. Whatever. Here’s a link to his speech if you care to have at it.
Here’s what Harry Reid had to say about it, followed by my insightful analysis:
"Tonight President Bush announced his plan to keep at least 130,000 troops in Iraq indefinitely, demonstrating that he is trying to run out the clock on his failed strategy and leave the hard decisions to the next president.
"For months the American people, a bipartisan majority of Congress and countless military experts have called for a new way forward in Iraq, but the President has offered only a commitment to endless war that will continue to take American lives, deplete our treasury, and divert our focus from fighting an effective war on terrorism against Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda operatives.
"After almost five years, tonight was just more of the same. It's not progress nor is it the strategy for success our troops deserve. And as long as President Bush keeps them in harm's way without clear purpose or achievable goals, Democrats will keep fighting to responsibly end this war."
Aw, Harry. You know that thing you said about “more of the same”? That could be applied to the United States Congress. Just tootin’ along, drawing paychecks and bennies, and making very-serious-faced pronouncements about change and challenge and chastisement. Blah, blah, blah.
You know what? I really want to believe in Tinkerbell. But my hands are raw from clapping and nothing has happened. No impeachment for impeachable offenses. No end in sight to this deadly, immoral war. No teeth framing each hot air output.
Today, I finally figured out what's missing. What's called for here is benchmarks for Congress. Yes. Concrete objectives and dates certain for achieving them. Drawn up by the American people. And failure to satisfy those benchmarks will result in Americans withdrawing our support, including but not limited to November 2008 re-election attempts.
Folks, help me out here. Please. Let us begin drafting the U.S. Citizen Benchmarks for the U.S. Congress. What belongs in that document? You tell me.