Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Republican Liars and Hypocrites (But I Repeat Myself)

Last week I made a post about the current crop of thin-skinned Republican crybabies occupying the elected offices and bully pulpits of the nation, and at one point I referred to them as "hypocrites." Thanks to the good folks at Crooks and Liars (and thanks also to my pal Dean in Connecticut for pointing this out to me), I have solid evidence to back up that claim of rank hypocrisy. Here is a long list of comments made by Republican lawmakers and their media shills about Bill Clinton's foray into Kosovo; see if they don't seem awfully familiar to you... and then try to imagine what these same people would say if their own comments were now directed by Democrats at our current Thief Executive.

For instance:

"No goal, no objective, not until we have those things and a compelling case is made, then I say, back out of it, because innocent people are going to die for nothing. That's why I'm against it."

- Sean Hannity, Fox News, 4/5/99

"If we are going to commit American troops, we must be certain they have a clear mission, an achievable goal and an exit strategy."

- Karen Hughes, speaking on behalf of presidential candidate George W. Bush

"I had doubts about the bombing campaign from the beginning... I didn't think we had done enough in the diplomatic area."

- Senator Trent Lott (R-MS)

"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."

- Representative Tom DeLay (R-TX)

"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?"

- Sean Hannity, Fox News, 4/6/99

"You can support the troops but not the president"

- Representative Tom DeLay (R-TX)

"Bombing a sovereign nation for ill-defined reasons with vague objectives undermines the American stature in the world. The international respect and trust for America has diminished every time we casually let the bombs fly."

- Representative Tom DeLay (R-TX)

There's plenty more, check it out.
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