Friday, January 28, 2005

The Kennedy Doctrine

Ted Kennedy is now calling for immediate withdrawal of our troops from Iraq. I call this "The Kennedy Doctrine": If things aren't looking good, beat feet away from there and to h--- with them. (Hey, it worked for him at Chappaquiddick!)

What surprises me is that Kennedy doesn't seem to realize how bad it makes him look when he advocates running off and letting the Iraqis drown, or when he refers to "waterboarding", when objecting to the nomination of Alberto Gonzales: ("I mean, it certainly appears to me that water boarding, with all its descriptions about drowning someone to that kind of a point, would come awfully close to getting over the border... but I certainly wouldn't have had a part of that, as a human being.")

If Kennedy was such a great politician, I think he'd have a better sense of timing and a better ear for how things will sound. Really, why is he choosing to advocate the Kennedy Doctrine now, only three or four days prior to the Iraq elections?

An article in the Washington Times today begins, "Sen. Edward M. Kennedy yesterday said U.S. troops, instead of defeating the insurgency in Iraq, are spawning it, and he called for immediate withdrawal of 12,000 troops after this weekend's election and a complete pullout by early next year." The same article made a point of noting, two different times, that Kennedy is out there alone on this (at the moment), saying "His call for withdrawal did not gain much support among his colleagues yesterday." and "Mr. Kennedy's call stands at odds with recent statements from other senior Democrats."

When the going gets tough, Ted Kennedy gets going right outta there! What a guy.

Update: An excellent selection of excerpts from Kennedy's Jan. 27, 2005 speech, with great commentary is found at New England Republican's blog. Thanks, N.E. Republican.

Update #2: Read the reaction of Haider Ajina, an Iraqi-American, to Kennedy's remarks at Powerline. While some Americans may laugh at the pickled-brained pontifications of Kennedy, not everyone in the world realizes the man is a joke. Ted Kennedy carries a powerful last name because of his dead brothers. He should honor their memories by keeping his mouth shut.