The U.S. House of Representatives passed a disgraceful resolution yesterday denouncing the Iraq troop surge by President Bush. Ed Morrisey said:
"Unfortunately, the House just sent a huge signal to the terrorists that waiting us out is a winning strategy, one they will not have to endure for very long. I don't believe that the politicians who voted for this resolution are traitors or Quislings, and in fact I strenuously reject that characterization. I think they're idiots and fools, though, and idiots and fools can be almost as dangerous."
Ed left out a word which I inserted into the title of this post - pandering. From Wiktionary:
"To offer illicit sex with a third party; to pimp. To tempt with, to appeal to (improper motivations etc.); to assist in the gratification of. His latest speech simply panders to the worst instincts of the electorate."
Only pandering idiots and fools would endanger the safety of this nation by engaging in a direct dialogue with our enemies and telegraphing our intentions. Only pandering idiots and fools would tell their respective districts what they want to hear instead of what they need to hear. Don't tell the voters what Maj. Gen. Joseph Fil, commander of U.S. forces in Baghdad said about the insurgents, that "they have a thirst for blood like I have never seen anywhere before." Don't remind the voters how the outcome in Iraq will affect them, their country and Western civilization.
No - instead they set up a closed loop feedback cycle consisting of Oprah, The New York Times and The Democratic Party, stick their fingers in their ears and shout LA LA LALALALALAL while impatiently stamping their feet.
Because that's what pandering idiots and fools do.