Political and social observations from two aspiring hedgehogs who love the Isaiah Berlin essay.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Even as General Petraeus and American troops struggle to defeat the Iraq insurgency and stabilize the Baghdad, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi trades pork for votes in favor of the Democrats' supplemental military appropriations bill, which is designed to hamstring that military campaign. The Wall Street Journal, in an editorial in its Saturday edition, finds in this shameful Congressional spectacle evidence of the wisdom of the Constitutional Framers, in placing the President, not Congress, in command of the nation's armed forces. I find evidence of something far more sinister--a Democratic majority in Congress that so hates President Bush, and so fears the political consequences should his Iraq policy succeed, that they are willing to use any means necessary to assure American military failure in Iraq, even if they have to conduct a $25 billion raid on the Treasury to buy the votes needed to achieve the defeat they so ardently seek.