Monday, March 12, 2007

What Did You Do In the War, Dick? FINALLY!

Kudos and congrats to Max Cleland. If you don't know ex-Senator Cleland's story, well that's another time. Suffice it to say while the Republican strike team took down this Vietnam war hero, Cleland is never out and does not back down.

The big Dick was speaking before the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Cheney was going on and on and on about the evil of timetables. Max Cleland took the Veep down in front of everyone. What did he have to say to the big Dick? Just this:

"Where the hell were you in the Vietnam War? If you had gone to Vietnam like the rest of us, maybe you would have learned something about war. You can't keep troops on the ground forever. You gotta have a mission. You gotta have a purpose. . . . You can't keep sending 'em back and back and back with no mission and no purpose. As a matter of fact, the real enemy is Al Qaeda, it's Al Qaeda stupid, it's not in Iraq."

Way to go Max!! You make us proud!

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Anonymous Mark said...

Great stuff, thanks!

7:57 AM  
Blogger buckarooskidoo said...

yes, i agree, great stuff. and cleland has a great point, above and beyond the what-did-you-do-in-the-war dick remarks. in effect, what you had in vietnam was a civil war, vietnamese vs. vietnamese for the future of the country. it was complicated by the cold war, but at its heart it still was a civil war. a foreign military power is never going to be a welcome participant in something like that, especially in places with a history of foreign domination--like vietnam, like iraq. so you are left wondering whether cheney et al paid any ATTENTION to vietnam and the lessons out there for the taking.

i suspect, though, he might be one of those who say we weren't allowed to "win" in vietnam. to which you can only say, "you mean as in making the country a wilderness and calling it peace?"

12:04 PM  

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