Wednesday, July 05, 2006


Recently Joe Biden gave a speech in which he said that Democrats need to show leadership on national security issues. It would be nice if the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would understand that it does, in fact, fall to him to provide that leadership, but perhaps that's asking too much.

When it comes to Iraq there are basically two options for Democrats. They can either engage in rhetoric which, no matter what its intent, maintains the status quo. Or, they can engage in rhetoric which works to hasten our exit from that country. I keep hearing that the Democrats are divided on Iraq, and I suppose they are, but is there really a big group of them who want to stay in Iraq for the next 3 years? Is arguing around the edges about timelines versus benchmarks versus deadlines versus whatever really more important than making sure that we won't be there, as George Bush has promised, 3 years from now? Is it really so hard to stand up and say it's time for George Bush to start to figure out how to get us out of there?

I really don't understand what game they think they're playing.