Now, which of these fiends were giving aid and comfort to the enemy through their unpatriotic rantings:
- (The President) is once again releasing American military might on a foreign country with an ill-defined objective and no exit strategy. He has yet to tell the Congress how much this operation will cost. And he has not informed our nation's armed forces about how long they will be away from home. These strikes do not make for a sound foreign policy."
- "If we are going to commit American troops, we must be certain they have a clear mission, an achievable goal and an exit strategy."
- "I cannot support a failed foreign policy. History teaches us that it is often easier to make war than peace. This administration is just learning that lesson right now. The President began this mission with very vague objectives and lots of unanswered questions. A month later, these questions are still unanswered. There are no clarified rules of engagement. There is no timetable. There is no legitimate definition of victory. There is no contingency plan for mission creep. There is no clear funding program. There is no agenda to bolster our overextended military. There is no explanation defining what vital national interests are at stake. There was no strategic plan for war when the President started this thing, and there still is no plan today"
- "Explain to the mothers and fathers of American servicemen that may come home in body bags why their son or daughter have to give up their life?"
- "You can support the troops but not the president"
- "Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is."
- Al Franken
- John Kerry
- Ted Kennedy
- Noam Chomsky
- General Wesley Clark
- John Stewart
Nyah, Nyah, it was a trick question! Imagine I'm the mongoose and you're the cobra; I'm dancin' around you going, "trick! trick! trick!". All of these quotes come from Republicans during the Clinton administration's intervention in the Balkans. You remember the Balkans, dont you. Maybe the name Kosovo will ring a bell. Repressed Muslims, no oil, ethnic cleansing, ruthless dictator, no oil. But more important, no American soldiers Killed in Action.
Of course, since Bill Clinton was the Republican's Anti-Christ, he could do nothing right, even when going into a region of centuries-old ethnic conflicts (with a military that was considered grossly declined since the Reagan years) and still managing to accomplish his task in just a couple of years. It's certainly a good thing BushCo hasnt been involved in an kind of sex scandal or anything. In times of war it's very important to keep focused on the conflict at hand.
While the spin is all mine, I would like to extend my thanks to David Brin from whom I stole these quotes. His site has more of them, plus a much more erudite commentary on them than you're likely to get from me. On the other hand, he will probably never, ever make a Rikki Tikki Tavi reference.
Below, in the same order, are the correct names to go with the quotes:
- Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA)
- Karen Hughes, speaking on behalf of presidential candidate George W. Bush
- Representative Tom Delay (R-TX)
- Sean Hannity, Fox News, 4/6/99
- Representative Tom Delay (R-TX), again
- Governor George W. Bush (R-TX)