Monday, October 27, 2003
Jay Rockefeller redux: After his embarrasing performance on Fox News Sunday two weeks ago, Jay Rockefeller tries his hand at coherence, consistency and credibility again, this time on "Meet the Press."
Once again, Rockefeller takes aim at George W. Bush, turns the gun around and shoots himself in the foot.
Rockefeller argued that the Bush administration was not doing a good job of "winning the hearts and minds" of Iraqis. Rockefeller constrasted U.S. soldiers still heavily armed in the Baghdad area with British soldiers in Basra who, a couple of weeks after the cessation of hostilities, "the took the helmets off, they haven't got too many incidents down there."
Let's try to explain this to vice chairman of the Senate's intelligence committee: In Basra, the population is largely Shiite, a brutally repressed majority under the Saddam Hussein regime. For people there, the coalition victory over Saddam really was a liberation.
Baghdad, and its surrounding areas is different, senator.
It's called the Sunni triangle for a reason. A larger portion of the population in that area benefited from Hussein's regime (to the detriment of their countrymen). The overthrow of Saddam was not so much a liberation for them as it was a swift kick in the rear out of the corridors of power. For them, the new Iraq is an enemy that must be fought and (dream on) destroyed.
That is why it's ... what's the word ... stupid to try to draw a comparison between the two.
Welcome to the real world, Sen. Rockefeller.