No, it's not a "B" horror flick from the '50s - it's what Democratic members of Congress are saying about their recent trip to Iraq, as reported by Jonathan Weisman for the Washington Post :
The sheets of paper seemed to be everywhere the lawmakers went in the Green Zone, distributed to Iraqi officials, U.S. officials and uniformed military of no particular rank. So when Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) asked a soldier last weekend just what he was holding, the congressman was taken aback to find out.
In the soldier's hand was a thumbnail biography, distributed before each of the congressmen's meetings in Baghdad, which let meeting participants such as that soldier know where each of the lawmakers stands on the war. "Moran on Iraq policy," read one section, going on to cite some the congressman's most incendiary statements, such as, "This has been the worst foreign policy fiasco in American history."
The bio of Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher (D-Calif.) -- "TAU (rhymes with 'now')-sher," the bio helpfully relates -- was no less pointed, even if she once supported the war and has taken heat from liberal Bay Area constituents who remain wary of her position. "Our forces are caught in the middle of an escalating sectarian conflict in Iraq, with no end in sight," the bio quotes.
"This is beyond parsing. This is being slimed in the Green Zone," Tauscher said of her bio.
Read the whole story at the link above. How is it "being slimed" if you are quoted accurately? Do these antiwar Congressmen think the troops don't know who supports them and who does not? Or do they just wish that a Cone of Silence was over the military, so they couldn't hear what Congress was saying?
The "slime" is all yours, ye feckless fools of Congress.
Another part of the story, guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart (unless you're one of the feckless, of course), was highlighted by Don Surber:
The troops are human beings. They do not like being pawns in partisan games. Moran and Tauscher are part of a clique of Democratic politicians who want us to lose in Iraq so they can gain on Republicans.
Most Americans see through this charade.
So, apparently do the troops and the Iraqi politicians.
When Moran and company wanted to meet with Iraq's national security adviser, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, he kept his TV showing children's cartoons.
Him, I like.
Yeah, me too, Don! Mowie was certainly more likely to gain something useful from a cartoon than from speaking with that blithering idiot Jim Moran. (Read the whole post at the link preceding).
Jay Tea adds: I was going to comment on this story, too, but Addison beat me to it. My first thought was that this whole thing -- telling the truth about someone, quoting their own words, and having it called a smear -- sounded vaguely familiar.
Are these congresscritters saying they're being Swiftboated?