Thing that you find floating in a bus station toilet and unctuous twat Bill Kristol is looking for a few good men and women to enlist in his latest war; but this is not like all of Bill Kristol’s other wars where good men and women go off to fight for the greater good of
Israel America while Bill sits in a chair on the set of Fox News and smiles his sickly smile while other people die. No, this is a war to stop the existential threat that is Chuck Hagel who is just like a Hitler, but a Hitler who doesn’t like war the way Bill Kristol likes war.
Which is to say: a lot.
This must not happen!
The question is whether there are a few good men or women—serious liberals willing to speak truth to power, honorable Democratic senators willing to put country before party—who will step forward to sink the Hagel nomination.
After all, Bill Kristol, Jennifer Rubin, the frat boys at the Free Beacon, Embittered President in Exile John McCain, and Huckleberry Closetcase can’t do all of the heavy lifting. Although Lindsey Graham has been known to inveigle a strapping young man to stop by his bachelor flat and bust up a chifforobe from time to time when the moon is high and the nights are balmy and Lindsey’s sap is rising, if y’all know what I mean…
It will be revealing about the state of liberalism and the condition of the Democratic party if there are none. It wasn’t pleasant in 2005 for conservatives and Republicans to oppose a nominee—in this case a close friend—of a president they supported. It certainly wasn’t pleasant to seem to give any comfort to the president’s critics. Still, to use a corny but apt expression, it was the right thing to do. And a willingness to do it was a sign of the health of American conservatism.
American liberalism shows no such sign of health. Liberals are pretending not to recognize that Hagel is manifestly unqualified. A few have the wit to argue in excuse that associate justice of the Supreme Court is a lifetime appointment while secretary of defense is not. On the other hand, the damage an incompetent secretary of defense could do over the next four years is very great. Even a liberal can see that.
Will Hagel pluck Sarah Palin from the hinterlands of North Methistan and try to put her a weird mole away from the presidency like Bill Kristol and John McCain tried. Did Chuck Hagel say any of the following:
- “Look, if we free the people of Iraq we will be respected in the Arab world. … France and Germany don’t have the courage to face up to the situation. That’s too bad. Most of Europe is with us. And I think we will be respected around the world for helping the people of Iraq to be liberated.”
- “I think we’ll be vindicated when we discover the weapons of mass destruction and when we liberate the people of Iraq.”
- “And on this issue of the Shia in Iraq, I think there’s been a certain amount of, frankly, Terry, a kind of pop sociology in America that, you know, somehow the Shia can’t get along with the Sunni and the Shia in Iraq just want to establish some kind of Islamic fundamentalist regime. There’s almost no evidence of that at all. Iraq’s always been very secular.”
Nope he didn’t. But he should have!
Our brave men and women in uniform deserve better than Chuck Hagel. Are there any courageous liberal voices who will find it within themselves to say so? Are there a few courageous Democrats in the United States Senate who will announce that they will not consent to a secretary of defense unqualified for that high office? Is there even one Democratic senator who will hearken to President Kennedy’s admonition, “Sometimes party loyalty asks too much”?
More importantly, is there one Democratic Senator who will invite Bill Kristol over to his richly-appointed office, offer him a seat in a comfy chair, and then offer him a delicious salty snack on which to gnosh before calling security and having him deposited into a dumpster?
I think America deserves that, don’t you..?