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The Silky Pony Postcard Campaign

John Edwards has a virtual postcard at his site that he is encouraging readers to send to their congressional representatives to urge them to pass the funding bill "again and again" until the troops come home. I am just posting the link for now so that you can read it for yourselves. Later I will have some commentary on it. In the meanwhile, anyone who would like to come up with a postcard of their own, have at it.

Update: The picture on the Edwards' postcard is the one of President Bush giving what has come to be known as the "mission accomplished" speech announcing the end of major combat operations in Iraq. Ridicule of the speech has always seemed particularly disgraceful to me because the mission, of deposing Saddam Hussein and taking the city of Baghdad, was accomplished by the men and women of our armed forces. To ridicule that accomplishment is to demean the achievement of them, not just the President. If the opponents of the war in Iraq truly wanted to support the troops, then they would criticize the President for his failures (the way he managed the war, the failure to see how much work lie ahead, heck, they could even ridicule the way he looked in a flight suit if their juvenile inclinations could not be suppressed), but to ridicule and minimize the importance of what was accomplished, is to ridicule and minimize the achievements of our armed forces. The President failed to see that the "Battle of Iraq," as he called it, was far from over. He also failed to anticipate the capacity of his political opponents to choose political opportunism over victory. In spite of his declaration of victory in Iraq, he did tell the American people there was important and dangerous work yet to be done and that it would take time. Here is an excerpt from that speech:

Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed. And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country.
...
We have difficult work to do in Iraq. We are bringing order to parts of that country that remain dangerous. We are pursuing and finding leaders of the old regime, who will be held to account for their crimes... The transition from dictatorship to democracy will take time, but it is worth every effort. Our coalition will stay until our work is done. And then we will leave -- and we will leave behind a free Iraq.
Update II: This grunt gets it.

Update III: Evidently, Bush was not the only one who thought the war was over.


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Comments (10)

Reid should make it a dail... (Below threshold)
Semanticleo:

Reid should make it a daily regimen. Bring up the vote so Bush has to veto it day-after-day. Then it will be clear just 'who' is failing to fund the troops.

It'll also show the learnin... (Below threshold)
cirby:

It'll also show the learning curve of Congressional Democrats.

There's also that whole thing about doing the same thing, over and over, and expecting different results.

Ooh, maybe he should put a ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Ooh, maybe he should put a feather on it. Then people will take it more seriously!

Not even an Edwards origina... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Not even an Edwards original idea. He's a copy boy.

I thought it would be fun t... (Below threshold)
epador:

I thought it would be fun to put in a postcard message of my own for them:


Back the Troops and Commander in Chief so we can finish the job without pansying around due to hairspray driven moonbat madness in Congress!!!!

I didn't contribute for a paper card though.

Stingy me.

"Reid should make it a dail... (Below threshold)
FMK:

"Reid should make it a daily regimen. Bring up the vote so Bush has to veto it day-after-day. Then it will be clear just 'who' is failing to fund the troops."

Do you have even the slightest idea of what it takes to pass a bill through Congress ??

Do you have even the sl... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Do you have even the slightest idea of what it takes to pass a bill through Congress ??

LOL. Uh, the answer is no. They don't know anything about anything.

I know the dimocrats think ... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

I know the dimocrats think America wants us out of Iraq, and that is probably true, but out with a victory, not a loss. To think most Americans will accept a loss without reprecussions in naive, but then we are dealing with people (Pelosi and Reid) who have mistakenly interpreted a regaining of a slight majority in both houses as a mandate for there left wing agenda. Just check out their approval rate. Anyone else hear Joe Biden say they were going to force this shit down Bush's throat? If that is not a sign of mental illness nothing is. He needs to count the numbers in the Senate before he shoots off his fat mouth. That man wants to be President. Ha.

To ridicule that a... (Below threshold)
jpe:
To ridicule that accomplishment is to demean the achievement of them, not just the President.

Who let you in on our super-double-secret conspiracy to ridicule the troops? Oh teh noes, our cover is blown!

Alright, I really want to g... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

Alright, I really want to get to the heart of what a lockstep neocon thinks. First of all, enlighten me on your 3rd grade black and white concept of "winning" or "losing" this war. We won the war back in 2003 when we defeated Iraq's army, it's president/dictator and dethroned the government. That is a military victory. What we have been doing since is what intelligent people call "nation building" getting our hands dirty with a couple groups of people that would rather give their own lives than to see the the other group enjoy an equal shot at life. Kinda like if we had to make a democratic country out of you guys and gays or blacks. I'm really interested in some serious, intelligent feedback here. Do you guys REALLY think that we can quell 1,000 year sectarian hatred in Iraq with Bush's 20,000 troop surge, or are you ready to occupy Iraq for the next 20 years? I'm not expecting much out of you guys, because anytime someone who thinks differently posts a rational, intelligent question on this site, it gets ignored.




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