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Pelosi: Republicans "like" the war
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, December 13, 2007

She just gets more and more desperate every day, doesen't she? Pretty soon, she'll be as pathetic as Harry Reid:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out at Republicans on Thursday, saying they want the Iraq war to drag on and are ignoring the public's priorities.

"They like this war. They want this war to continue," Pelosi, D- Calif., told reporters. She expressed frustration over Republicans' ability to force majority Democrats to yield ground on taxes, spending, energy, war spending and other matters.

"We thought that they shared the view of so many people in our country that we needed a new direction in Iraq," Pelosi said at her weekly news conference in the Capitol. "But the Republicans have made it very clear that this is not just George Bush's war. This is the war of the Republicans in Congress."

Asked to clarify her remarks, Pelosi backed off a bit.

"I shouldn't say they like the war," she said. "They support the war, the course of action that the president is on."

"And that was a revelation to me," she said, "because I thought the American people's voices were so—and still are—so strong in this regard."
Yeah ... that's called "leadership" Madam Speaker. It's not poll driven. It's not finger-in-the-political-wind stuff. It means making hard decisions you think are in the national interest and then sticking by them. Might want to give it a go sometime.
 
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Yeah ... that’s called "leadership" Madam Speaker. It’s not poll driven. It’s not finger-in-the-political-wind stuff. It means making hard decisions you think are in the national interest and then sticking by them.
Almost like "staying the course" and not needing more troops and being anti-surge, right?
 
Written By: Retief
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She expressed frustration over Republicans’ ability to force majority Democrats to yield ground on taxes, spending, energy, war spending and other matters.
BWAH HA HA

QUAGIMRE! QUAGMIRE! UNWINNABLE! QUAGMIRE!

Iraq?

Nope.....the Dems congressional situation!


PS to Retief- Yeah, they were anti-surge from second 1, and now that it’s working.....they’re still anti-surge even more.

The only interest they serve is their own
 
Written By: shark
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"And that was a revelation to me," she said, "because I thought the American people’s voices were so-and still are-so strong in this regard."
Oh they are Nancy....they are.

Which is why you and your cohorts never had the guts to try a straight defund.

 
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PS to Retief- Yeah, they were anti-surge from second 1, and now that it’s working.....they’re still anti-surge even more.
Actually it was McQ’s anti surginess to which I refered.
 
Written By: Retief
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Madam Speaker is morphing into Mona Speaker...
 
Written By: bains
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Isn’t leadership in a democratic society supposed to represent the will of the people? Do we not elect our leaders to carry out our wishes? If the people who elected you are no longer in support of those "hard decisions", it is an elected leader’s responsibility to act in accordance with what their constituents want. Not to "stick by" a poor decision in order to appear strong. Strength in leadership also means admitting when you have made an egregious mistake and taking the steps to minimize the damage, rather than staying a disasterous course.
 
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Actually it was McQ’s anti surginess to which I refered.
citation?
 
Written By: Joel C.
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Isn’t leadership in a democratic society supposed to represent the will of the people? Do we not elect our leaders to carry out our wishes?
No and no. If that’s all leadership amounts to, we might as well devolve into a direct democracy on all votes. We elect our representatives to lend their judgment on legislation, not just as surrogates for our own opinions. I don’t want my representative twisting in the ever-changing breeze of public opinion polls.
 
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Do we not elect our leaders to carry out our wishes? If the people who elected you are no longer in support of those "hard decisions", it is an elected leader’s responsibility to act in accordance with what their constituents want.
Not through polls, no. Those don’t represent constituents. Elections are where constituents are heard.
 
Written By: McQ
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citation?
I freely admit I didn’t like the idea of the surge initially (I thought we should concentrate on standing up the ISF while fighting the counter-terrorism battle). But then, unlike folks like retief and others, I actually looked at the strategy, read the COIN manual and studied the doctrine. I also read everything that Petraeus and others wrote about its execution and then penned a post saying after due consideration, and while I wasn’t for it, it could work.

Here’s one of my posts.

And this one (especially last 2 paragraphs).
With that sort of a force, and assuming all the promised Iraqi brigades show up and are actually worth a crap (see USA Today article cited above), there is actually a legitimate chance this may work. It won’t be quick and it won’t be easy, but it just might work.

Don’t mistake this, in particular, for enthusiasm from me for fighting a counterinsurgency. I’m not at all happy about that. But it appears they are lining up the numbers correctly ... and that is a very important first step. But there are a whole bunch of other things which have to line up as well, most of them in the category of "political will" for this to have a real shot.
 
Written By: McQ
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Fair enough.
 
Written By: Joel C.
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We also, rightly or wrongly, expect our elected representatives to have access to information that we don’t necessarily have access to and to take that into account when they make decisions.

In any case, polls on some issues are pointless. Anyone remember "Is Scott Peterson guilty, call 555-5555 for Yes and 555-5555 for No," as if *criminal guilt* was subject to public opinion?

I think, quite clearly, the fact that a majority Democrat congress is forced to back off to a Republican minority is a demonstration that public opinion is not what Pelosi claims that it is. It’s a demonstration that no matter how the subject *polls* the actual majority opinion of constituents has more nuance, there are more people in the squishy middle who have realistic views about what can and should be done to end the war without causing more harm in the process.

Which, when it comes down to it, is what people who really care about peace will care about.
 
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