INTEGRITY HAS NO NEED OF RULES
By Geoff Metcalf
December 1, 2003
The Thanksgiving Day presidential visit to the troops in Baghdad was a brilliant finesse. Although the mean-spirited, petty, partisan assaults were inevitable, the scope of the whining is still flummoxing.
Howard Kurtz (from the Washington Post) had a hissy fit over the president lying to the press. www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2003/11/28/11539. shtml Huh? The "lie" was a function of security that any reasonable person can understand. The myriad of other presidential lies should bother Kurtz more. Such as, the sinking of the Lusitantia, Pearl Harbor, James Forestall, JFK assassination, Vince Foster, Waco and the Branch Davidian mess, Ruby Ridge, Oklahoma City, TWA Flight 800, Area 51, Bill Clinton, et al. Hey, prior to the Mogadishu disaster official policy was to deny (lie about) the existence of the Delta Force�
Lady Macbeth (Sen. Hillary Clinton) was apparently miffed over her Afghanistan/Iraq sojourn with Sen. Jack Reed being overshadowed by the President's Baghdad lunch. The result of which, apparently has compelled her to provide aid and comfort to the enemy as payback.
Hillary actually told our troops, "the outcome (of the war) is not assured", and her "must stay the course" in both Afghanistan and Iraq comment is insufficient mitigation for her other egregious comments.
Some have argued that the two democrat senators actually provided AID & COMFORT to the ENEMY. It is arguable how significant the intelligence they offered was...lawyers can (and probably will) argue if it is criminal.
According to Section 2381 of U.S. Code Title 18, "Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States." http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/casecode/uscodes/18/ parts/i/chapters/115/toc.html
Demoralizing American troops and encouraging enemies to continue the battle is not what U.S. Senators ought to be doing. Telling our armed forces in a combat zone, "... there are many questions at home about the administration's policies." Should qualify for a 'walk to the woodshed'. That 'Congressional Immunity' policy only works for dumb stuff said on the floor of congress.
Al Jazeera was obviously jazzed by her rhetoric. http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/A72E913B-8E34-4F5E-8380-1215D17D3C36.htm
Will 'someone' please slap her?
Telling the bad guys they are being effective because they have "a lot of impact by relatively small numbers" is monumentally foolish.
Reed said the US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan had critical shortages of specialized troops such as military police, civil affairs and psychological operations troops. Shame on you Jack! YOU ought to know better (Reed was an Army officer).
The morale of the troops, Clinton said, "is very high," but she said the military personnel with whom she spoke in meetings and during "two turkey dinners" wanted to know "how the people at home feel about what we are doing."
"Americans are wholeheartedly proud of what you are doing,' " Clinton said she replied, " "but there are many questions at home about the (Bush) administration's policies.' "
Both Clinton and Reed claim the expense and political weight in administering Iraq would be made easier with the U.N.'s imprimatur of legitimacy and U.N. help in transferring power to Iraqis.
"I'm a big believer that we ought to internationalize this, but it will take a big change in our administration's thinking," the former first lady said. "I don't see that it's forthcoming."
You damnbetcha it's not forthcoming. Unlike the previous "co-presidents" this President understands the lessons learned from Bosnia, Rwanda, and Mogadishu, and the serial terrorists attacks President Clinton responded to with only bluster. THIS president is a leader who understands the imperative of "Lead, Follow, or Get out of the way."
The 'United Nothing' is a dysfunctional bureaucratic accident waiting to happen. They have proved themselves to be the personification of incompetence and corruption.
Albert Camus once observed, "Integrity has no need of rules." The converse is also true�the degree of integrity is inversely proportional to the number and complexities of rules and bureaucracy.
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"Demoralizing American troops and encouraging enemies to continue the battle is not what U.S. Senators ought to be doing."