Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Senate Foreign Relations Committee
First off, on today's hearing, let me be really clear that John Kerry needs to turn off his microphone when not asking questions. A number of us heard what was said while other senators were asking questions. Turn off your mike if you're not asking questions unless you want everyone to hear (and report on) what you were saying.
Second, they're all War Hawks.
This is the Democratic Party that voted for the illegal war. I waited in vain for a hero to emerge -- and was thinking, "Maybe it will be a Republican!" -- but the hearing had no hero. Robert Menendez at least noted the financial costs and hit hard on that causing the other Committee members to wake up (including Kerry) and start getting serious about that issue.
But the idea that Iraq should be left to Iraqis never appeared to occur to any of the members -- no, not even John Kerry who gave a lot of nonsense words about Egypt (yes, it was an Iraq hearing). The US doesn't want to leave. Or, our elected officials don't want the US forces to leave. This is insanse. The figures established in the hearing were 17,000 'Americans' remaining after the US military 'withdraws.' And there will be 15 bases. And that's called a withdrawal?
In what world?
John Kerry is such a huge disappointment. I was surprised C.I. hit hard because she knows him and has largely avoided criticism (since Teresa's cancer became known) but if you're talking Iraq, C.I. will cover it and she will not pull punches as she demonstrated. (His hair did look awful, as she notes. I've never seen it look that bad. It actually looked like what you'd think an elderly woman's hair would look like. It had this scoop and poof thing going to it.)
I voted for John Kerry. I even gave money to his campaign. What a liar he was. Now that there's a Democrat in the White House all he cares about is continuing the war. And he sounded like he was itching to send US troops into Egypt. He just 'knew' what was needed there. It was very scary but very telling.
Another telling moment? Jeffrey was asked a generic question about the response in Iraq to the turmoil in Egypt and he replied, "In terms of Iraq, I've been out of the country for a week so I haven't been following it as close as I normally would."
Well glad to know that you come to DC to testify ABOUT IRAQ to a Senate Committee and, because you're not in Iraq, you don't bother to follow the news from it.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"