Craven Senate scoundrals
Washington Times Editorial:
It's no exaggeration to say that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has become a veritable human punching bag on Capitol Hill, as lawmakers compete with one another to see who can be the most strident in criticizing his democratically elected government -- rather than the real enemy: the Islamist terrorists, Ba'athists and sectarian death squads who want to destroy his country. But Maliki-bashing may be about to get much more difficult, if the prime minister follows through on his speech yesterday declaring his intention to act against all armed groups as part of a plan to bring security to Baghdad. Most significantly, Mr. Maliki said he would target Shi'ite militias as part of the Baghdad crackdown, a longstanding goal of U.S. policy-makers.Did I mention that Chuck Hagel is in this group of craven scoundrels? Why promote a guy whose advice you are not going to follow? This is the most absurd incoherent congressional war policy in history. Of course what do you expect when you pair senate liberals with Chuck Hagel. Those leading this policy are too invested in defeat. They hope that defeat will produce a political advantage for them.
Mr. Maliki declared his intention to disarm all armed groups -- whether Sunni insurgents, Shi'ite militias or criminal gangs -- leaving weapons only in the hands of the Iraqi government forces. His government previously announced that it had arrested 600 members of the Mahdi army, a Shi'ite militia group run by Muqtada Sadr, a political ally of the prime minister. Mr. Maliki, who yesterday received approval from the parliament for the Baghdad operation, said that the headquarters of political parties could be raided "if they are turned into a launchpad for terrorism," adding that: "There will be no safe haven -- no school, no home, no [Sunni] mosque or Shia mosque."
To be sure, it is impossible to tell at this point whether the prime minister's remarks will be backed up with action or how sustained any action will be, and Washington must be prepared to remind Mr. Maliki of his responsibility to disarm Shi'ite militia groups. But Mr. Maliki has at least taken one important, necessary step in the right direction: declaring publicly and unmistakably a plan for action.
Unfortunately, one cannot say the same for members of Congress, who seem to be competing with one another to see who can project a more craven, irresponsible image in wartime to our enemies abroad.... (Emphasis added.)