First off, let me say that Chris Matthews is a festering puss boil on the scrotum of the journalistic community, and that Sen. Durbin is a prime candidate for a retroactive abortion. Matthews is just an idiot, but Durbin is downright dangerous.
Overall, I found the President’s speech to be like bubble gum that you’ve been chewing for too long. Same consistency, but it’s lost all its flavor. Didn’t hear much of anything new, just retreads of the same old “stay the course.” Of course, we’re charting a NEW course, but we need to make sure we stick with this new course. I’m starting to wonder if there is some sort of Max Headroom deal going on here. “St-st-st-stay the course.”
And I must admit that I find it hard to get to inspired when I seem him struggling to read the tele-prompter, meaning that he’s not that familiar with the words, meaning its something cranked out by his speechwriter a few hours before. I propose his speechwriter needs to get some new material.
Overall some valid points were made, but more re-iterated than made. If you didn’t already agree with him, nothing about the content or delivery would move you to change your view. It wasn’t a speech, so much as a recitation.
Then the echo fades, and Chris Matthews gets on, looking like he just chewed a lemon. Keith Olberman can barely get a word in edgewise before Matthews starts ranting, “He’s invading Iran! He’s Invading Iran! He said it! Yeeearrrgh!” It was almost hilarious to watch him shudder and twitch. I swear I saw foam at the corners of his mouth.
Of course, then Sen. Durbin gets on, and now THAT boy had some fire! Yeah, he really lit into the President! Man, he let the Prez have it with both barrels, not pulling any punches. Durbin was on FIRE baby, and he laid out a verbal beatdown that was truly awesome to behold.
Of course, the target of his bile was the IRAQI president, not the AMERICAN one!
He essentially told the Iraqi’s that they’d had long enough to figure out this whole “democracy” thing, and that we’ve had it. We’re pulling out, your on your own, and don’t come crying to us when you can’t solve your own problems. “Don’t expect that every time you dial 9-11, well send in 20,000 troops,” were, I believe, his exact words.
What. An. Ass.
Someone once said that these days we have a great many politicians, and very few diplomats. I think he was probably talking about Durbin at the time.
Let me clue you in on something here, Sen. Durbin. We made some mistakes in Iraq. One of them was disbanding the military and starting over from scratch. Now we’ve got thousands of relatively new recruits. We’ve been at this, what, four years? In our military, in four years a new recruit might make Corporal. A newly minted officer will make 1st Lt or maybe Captain. There are 25 year old Battalion Commanders in the Iraqi Army right now!
And you want us to just pull out and say that’s it? That’s all the help you get?
Rather than “forcing” the Iraqis to solve their own problems, pulling out so precipitiously now will only further polarize the population. Faith in the government’s long-term survival will plummet, and people will begin to align themselves with whatever faction they see as the most likely to come out on top. It will devolve in to factional, tribal warfare, and you’ll have another Somalia.
And then Iran and Syria will roll in and fight over the pieces. It will be a bloodbath that will make the Khmer Rouge look like girl scouts.
Senator Durbin, you are not just a caustic, partisan blatherskite. You, sir, are an idiot.