Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Rep. Yarmuth: Pres. Bush, “whose posteriors are we kicking and how do we know?”

Nicole Belle, Crooks and Liars: This morning, Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY03) stood up on the House floor and to ask President Bush a couple of questions. (Click on the pic for the vid.) Note the delicate sensibilities of the North Carolina congressman who doesn’t like throwing Bush’s own phrase back at him:

With brave American soldiers dying in record numbers, I have two questions for the President — just whose posteriors are we kicking and how do you know? With Sunnis and Shiites killing themselves and each other, plus an incompetent Maliki government, we don’t know who we’re fighting, much less where we’re kicking them. And while we’re tied up in Iraq, Al Qaeda thrives in Pakistan and Afghanistan. So the President’s turn of phrase will go to the blooper hall of fame with other Bush Golden Oldies like "last throes," "links to Al Qaeda" and "Mission Accomplished." There was a time when America’s success meant defeating Nazis, tearing down communism’s Iron Curtain and walking on the moon. Supporting our troops meant honest safeguards, not trash talk. How low have our standards fallen when the President points to the debacle he created and says, 'this is what I’m proud of.' Most Americans believe in a country that’s capable of much higher standards, and if America were really “kicking butt,” the President wouldn’t need to say anything, every one would know it.

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