Wednesday, December 22, 2004

DeLay’s Memory

Sam Rosenfeld in TAPPED finds that House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has a very short memory when it comes to the standards of “appeasing” our enemies.

“What worries me is that we are aiding and abetting the enemy,” DeLay told Lt. Col. Oliver North, who was filling in on Sean Hannity’s ABC Radio network broadcast.

Without naming names, DeLay pointed the finger at “all these naysayers” who he said “constantly criticize and call everything a mistake.”

The repeated attacks on Rumsfeld are only emboldening terrorists and their allies, the Texas conservative said.

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DeLay complained that “most of those who are criticizing [Rumsfeld], starting with the national media, never wanted us in the war to begin with. And then you have a lot of these Democrats who voted against the war. They’re the appeasers …”

As Mr. Rosenfeld notes, Mr. DeLay is forgetting what he said about President Clinton and Kosovo on Meet the Press:

I am opposed to this policy. I think it’s a flawed policy. It was flawed going in. We haven’t been told the truth about what’s going on. This administration told us it would just be a couple of days of bombing. Milosevic would come to the table. If that didn’t happen, it would be a couple of more days. And now they’re saying that we’ve got to be in there to win to save face. Well, they have been proven wrong every day, and even the bombing has not made much difference other than weaken Milosevic’s ability to defend his nation. But they have strengthened the resolve of the Serbian people. [italics added]

MR. RUSSERT: Peter King, fellow Republican in Congress, said that you view Kosovo as Impeachment II. You didn’t get Bill Clinton the first time, you want to get him now. Barney Frank, the Democrat, said, “In Tom DeLay’s eyes, hatred of Clinton is the dominant emotion.” Why do you dislike the president so much?

REP. DeLAY: I prayed for the president. I prayed for the president this morning. I don’t–it’s not that I dislike the president.

MR. RUSSERT: You don’t like him.

REP. DeLAY: It’s not that I don’t dislike him.

MR. RUSSERT: Do you respect him?

REP. DeLAY: I don’t respect the president, but I don’t agree with the president either. I think this president is one of the most ineffective presidents of my lifetime. His foreign policy is disaster, not just Kosovo but China, North Korea, the Middle East. He has put–he has hollowed out our forces while he’s running around having these adventures all over the world.

We’re right now 18,000 sailors short, over 700 pilots short. We’re supposed to have 1,000 cruise missiles. We have less than 70 and no production line to build more. And yet, he is sending our boys to Kosovo. The majority leader flew to Kosovo on a plane with a Bradley fighting vehicle and was told by some of the crewmen that was going to Kosovo that they had not even fired live rounds. We don’t have the wherewithal to even provide ammunition for our soldiers to be trained and practice with before they go into harm’s way. This is just a horrible, horrible situation.

Either Tom DeLay has no morals when it comes to the standards of patriotism, or he’s cynical and arrogant enough to think that no one would bother to see if he’s been as guilty of “appeasement” as he accuses his opponents.

My guess is that he’s both.