Michael McBride

Irony. “The essential feature of IRONY is the indirect presentation of a contradiction between an action or expression and the context in which it occurs.” Exactly.

Which is why the timetable for leaving Iraq should be tied to the exact date that Social Security reform can be passed by our ponderous legislative bodies.

I find it rich beyond the pale that our Congress is lecturing lawmakers in Iraq, when they have yet to take a bite out of the biggest legislative challenge that will face our country over the next 35 years.

They must feel plenty righteous in lecturing members of the Iraqi government about lethargic action and lack of resolve, since they have failed to move a millimeter forward in dealing with Social Security (in)solvency.

As a member of the prestigious US Congress it must be easy to criticize a legislative body that is only a few years old; one that is attempting to construct a democracy out of the ashes of a generation of repression and dictatorship. Never mind that Iraqi lawmakers do their necessary work under the constant threat of attack and terror; or that compromises must bridge thousands of years of tribal history and distrust; and that failure will certainly lead to the death of millions, as certain as it did in Southeast Asia after our politically motivated, precipitous withdrawal. A withdrawal forced by the political machinations of our esteemed Congressional bodies.

Of course our lawmakers face serious threats everyday; dwindling kickbacks, public outing from escort service phone lists, DUIs, and perhaps even re-election campaigns. How dangerous.

Our representatives’ biggest fear is that they will be forced out of Washington D.C. by their constituents before they become blabbering nonagenarians or before they are able to rot in the opulence of their Constantine desk chairs. Eventually this sympathoadrenal response results in the abandoning of all principles to the point where our representatives begin to speak a language that is completing unintelligible, and incongruous to all logic. Including this indiscernible Pete Domenici classic as spoken to Wolf Blitzer and mined by Hugh Hewitt,

“WB: Here's what you said the other day. I'll read it to you and make sure it is an accurate quote: "There's nothing to wait for. Everybody that has any knowledge of the reports would indicate that they are not going to show any degree of a big change that we needed and we are just wasting time." What do you mean "We are just wasting time?"


Michael McBride

Michael E. McBride retired as a Major from the Marine Corps and blogs at http://www.mysandmen.blogspot.com.

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