By September 2006, the situation in Iraq had deteriorated horribly and Democrats were calling for a reduction of troops in Iraq. Sen. Mitch McConnell, outraged, lashed out at Dems.
“The Democrat leadership finally agrees on something — unfortunately it’s retreat,” McConnell said in a Sept. 5, 2006, statement in response to a Democratic letter asking Bush to change his Iraq policy. Using blistering language, McConnell continued:
“Whether they call it ‘redeployment’ or ‘phased withdrawal,’ the effect is the same: We would leave Americans more vulnerable and Iraqis at the mercy of al-Qaeda, a terrorist group whose aim — toward Iraqis and Americans — is clear.”
Understandable. McConnell was concerned about endangering American lives. Furthermore, the Senator, compassionate man that he is, had the well-being of Iraqis in mind. Sweet. I had always thought of McConnell as being little more than a scumbag. Might I have been wrong? It’s difficult to not respect a man who places country before all other considerations and shows compassion for the citizens of a nation of which he had a hand in blowing up to hell and back . Quite a guy that Mitch McConnell.
In passing, here’s a passage from President Bush’s Decision Points...
In September 2006, with the midterm elections approaching, my friend Mitch McConnell came to the Oval Office. The senior senator from Kentucky and Republican whip had asked to see me alone. Mitch has a sharp political nose, and he smelled trouble.
“Mr. President,” he said, “your unpopularity is going to cost us control of the Congress.”
Mitch had a point. Many Americans were tired of my presidency…
“Well, Mitch,” I asked, “what do you want me to do about it?”
“Mr. President,” he said, “bring some troops home from Iraq.”
What?!!? What happened to Mitch’s concern about weakening national security and leaving Americans more vulnerable? What about al-Qaeda evildoers terrorizing innocent Iraqis? Surely the lives of Americans was more important than winning a stinking midterm election, was it not?
C’mon Mitch, say it ain’t so, you two-timing, hypocritical weasel!
That folks, is your Republican Party of America – a party that never ceases to find new ways to screw and deceive you.
Scumbags, the entire lot.
McConnell’s hometown paper, the Louisville Courier-Journal, had this to say in an editorial.
At the time that Sen. McConnell was privately advising Mr. Bush to reduce troop levels in Iraq, he was elsewhere excoriating congressional Democrats who had urged the same thing. “The Democrat[ic] leadership finally agrees on something — unfortunately it’s retreat,” Sen. McConnell had said in a statement on Sept. 5, 2006, about a Democratic letter to Mr. Bush appealing for cuts in troop levels. Sen. McConnell, who publicly was a stout defender of the war and Mr. Bush’s conduct of the conflict, accused the Democrats of advocating a position that would endanger Americans and leave Iraqis at the mercy of al-Qaida.
Unless he is prepared to call a former president of his own party a liar, Mr. McConnell has a choice. He can admit that he did not actually believe the Iraq mission was vital to American security, regardless of what he said at the time. Or he can explain why the fortunes of the Republican Party are of greater importance than the safety of the United States.
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