Friday, November 16, 2007
Defense Secretary Gates says the lack of funding will have significant harmful effects on Army and Marine Corp operations. According to the linked story:
As a result, [Gates] said he is faced with the undesirable task of preparing to cease operations at Army bases by mid-February, and lay off about 100,000 defense department employees and an equal number of civilian contractors. A month later, he said, similar moves would have to be made by the Marines.
The Democrats think he's bluffing. We'll see.
This kind of unserious behavior in Congress suggests to me that the Congressional leadership is involved in some sort of contest to see how low public approval ratings can go. I wouldn't be surprised if the next poll finds them deep into single digits.
Given the relative good news out of Iraq in recent weeks I have become convinced that the Democrat leadership is absolutely committed to lose the battle for Iraq. One would think that indications of success would result in an easer time for troop funding, but instead it has gotten more difficult. Reid and Pelosi are talking the same way they were a year ago, yet conditions on the ground have changed markedly for the better.
I suppose the Dem leadership could be thinking that they could pin any loss in Iraq on Bush, but that suggests a pretty high level of contempt for the intelligence of the American voting public. Maybe they feel like they have to draw a line in the sand (again), and plan on backing off if public reaction necessitates it, but that just makes them look stupid to anyone but the extreme left loons that they appear to be pandering to. Perhaps George Soros really does own the Democrat Party, and they're just dancing to his tune--I don't know--but to paraphrase Daffy Duck, I think they're "desthpicable."
UPDATE 20071116:1118 PST: More here.