Friday, October 19, 2007

Boehner's a liar.

"Congressman Stark's statement dishonors not only the commander in chief, but the thousands of courageous men and women of America's armed forces who believe in their mission and are putting their lives on the line for our freedom and security," said House Minority Leader John Boehner , R-Ohio. He called for Stark to retract his statement and apologize.


Oh, please. Congressman's stark statement was that Republicans weren't funding the war or SCHIP, but were still spending the money to get soldiers killed for President Bush's amusement.

That in no way dishonors a member of our military that believes in the mission. (And, by the way, the mission is not protecting our freedom, and is making our security worse.) Boehner is lying. He wants to attack Stark for saying something extremely nasty about the President, but that's not enough. He can't just say "Stark said something horrible and nasty about the President" because, geez, if you said that people might point out the obvious: President Bush deserves harsh criticism.

So Boehner and other rightwingers will insist that it's an insult to the troops. Why? Because they want to keep spreading hatred. They want to pretend the Democrats don't support the troops.

Why? Well, here's a good guess: they've put the troops in a hellhole for four years, they've sent them on a mission that is extremely unlikely to accomplish anything worth the cost, and they want to keep attention away from their own miserable treatment of the troops. Because, you know, in the Republican mind, it's much, much worse to insult the President than to send troops to Iraq without sufficient training and supplies.

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