WHERE'S SENATOR HARRY REID'S BIG MOUTH NOW?
Correct me if I'm wrong here, but I'm unaware of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) standing before a bank of microphones, television cameras, and the huddled Washington press corps this afternoon to denounce in the harshest of terms the terrorist attacks on three hotels in Amman, Jordan, frequented by Americans and Israelis, and where at least 20 people have been slain.
Surely he and the Democratic Party will concede now that going on a protracted, political witch hunt after the President of the United States, the Vice President of the United States, and the Secretary of Defense in terms of whether faulty intelligence was purposefully manipulated as grounds for going to war in Iraq is not in the best interests of the country or its much-needed leadership in the global war on terror. And Senator Reid surely must know that with so many prominent Democratic members of the Congress having fully supported with ringing public statements the invasion of Iraq and the deposing of Saddam Hussein that any such witch hunt is the height of hypocrisy and voters will figure that out soon enough.
Now, then, will Senator Reid demand a closed-door, executive session in the Senate chamber to help coalesce a bi-partisan effort among 100 stalwart patriots to demonstrate their collective, unequivocal support of the administration, our U.S. armed forces, and our allies in helping defeat those who would murder innocents in the name of a corrupted religion and a twisted philosophy?
I ask: where is the Senate's biggest mouth when suicide-bombers strike yet another civilian venue, killing and maiming non-combatants? Tell me the last time that Reid threw a tissy fit on the floor of the U.S. Senate over the latest in a long concatenation of terrorist attacks on Americans, American assets, and American soil? Isn't it high time that the Senate Minority Leader get his knickers in a twist and his blood up over the senseless slaughter of innocent people by Islamofacists, rather than devoting himself to undermining President Bush? Is that a proper course of action in a time of war? Isn't this more dereliction of duty than statesmanship?
Senator Reid is so busy these days playing to the cameras with his contrived sense of outrage that he is not getting the nation's business done. Worse, he and his strident left-wing cabal of Bush-haters are giving the enemy cause to become further emboldened and more hell-bent than ever on staying the course in their Intifada against the civilized peoples of the world.
This is not the "loyal opposition" at work. This is opposition for opposition's sake.
Harry Reid disgusts me. But, then, so did Neville Chamberlain.
FOLLOW-UP: Austin Bay Blog links to a must-read column (published in "Commentary Magazine") by Norman Podhoretz that dismantles the "Bush/Blair lied meme."
FOLLOW-UP II: Fox News is reporting that the death toll has risen to 57 and with more than 300 injured. Jordanian King Abdullah II is saying that criminal acts by a "misled and misleading group" will not go unanswered. I read that phrase -- "misled and misleading group" -- and thought immediately of the Democratic Party.
FOLLOW-UP III: Carl at No Oil For Pacifists undresses the Democratic Party's hypocrites, who are legion, I should add.
FOLLOW-UP IV: You've got to read it to believe it -- The Anchoress links to some more sterling analysis from the MSM (this time around a CNBC producer).
FOLLOW-UP V: The Bush administration responds to the deadly terrorist attack in Amman.
FOLLOW-UP VI (11/10/05): Free Republic (via AP) reports that al-Qaida has claimed responsibility for the suicide attacks. No surprise there.
FOLLOW-UP VII (11/10/05): Outside The Beltway reports an American death and injuries to two other Americans in the suicide-bomb explosions, courtesy of al-Qaeda terrorists.
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