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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb. 20, 2007 / 2 Adar, 5767

What was that all about?

By Paul Greenberg


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | So what was last week's congressional debate about the war in Iraq all about?


Was it just an exercise in group therapy that gave every member of Congress an opportunity to unburden himself abut this long, cruel war?


Or was it a chance for everybody in the legislative branch to jiggle the commander-in-chief's elbow in the midst of a delicate combat operation, aka the Surge?


In another war, the decisions of another president and commander-in-chief were regularly second-guessed by a Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War. But at least when Abraham Lincoln finally found a successful commander in U.S. Grant, that congressional committee didn't take up a resolution saying his new approach would never work. Nor did its members threaten to cut off support for the war.


Was last week's gabfest just an opportunity for a bevy of presidential hopefuls to position themselves for the campaign of '08 by aligning themselves with the latest public opinion polls? (Clearest case in point: Hillary Rodham Clinton.)


Or was all this speechifying just a chance for the new Democratic majority in Congress to pass some anti-war resolutions so the leaders of the party can say We Told You So when this new strategy proves as disappointing as the others?


Just as some politicians overdo their natural hubris when it comes to celebrating victory (Mission Accomplished!), others glory in American defeat (see the Vietnam Era). Call it a different kind of flag-waving. Only with a white flag. I've never been sure which is worse.


Does anybody really believe this debate in Congress was an attempt to support the troops in their latest push? How — by solemnly resolving that their efforts will prove to in vain?


Here is the still new speaker of the House sounding retreat: "The stakes in Iraq are too high to recycle proposals that have little prospect for success. The passage of this legislation will signal a change in direction in Iraq that will end the fighting and bring our troops home."


If this is how to support the troops in the field — by telling them their latest offensive is doomed — then what would undermining them be?


Let us now praise John Murtha, congressman from Pennsylvania and obstructionist-in-chief where this war is concerned. At least he's been candid about the intention behind these resolutions telling the chief executive how he may and may not execute this war.


By imposing all kinds of requirements on spending for the war, said Mr. Murtha, Congress "stops the surge for all intents and purposes because (the administration) cannot sustain deployment."


Our troops in Iraq could now find themselves in a two-front war to protect their supply lines, one against the enemy and one against the Congress of the United States. It's starting to sound like Vietnam Redux.


Was this anti-war resolution by the House but the first step in cutting off funds and supplies for the war in the midst of what may prove a decisive campaign?


If so, the American people won't easily forgive those who would make the troops suffer for their anti-war principles. Or at least the American people shouldn't.


John McCain, senator from Arizona and a pillar of resolve as Congress's will to prosecute this war dissolves, skipped the debate in the Senate entirely, calling it meaningless. After all, the Constitution makes the president, not the Congress, commander-in-chief.


Yet this debate in both houses of Congress has served one useful purpose. Because the roll calls at the end will provide a handy list of those sunshine soldiers ready to lay down their packs and give up when prospects seem bleakest.


That same roll call will also confirm which of our congressional leaders aren't about to give up in perilous times. Names like John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman come to mind.


And should this new strategy somehow succeed, and the men and woman of the armed forces of the United States once again do the improbable, not to say impossible, the roll calls in the House and Senate will provide a handy list of those political leaders back home who never wavered in their support. And their names will shine.


So maybe this "meaningless" debate has served a purpose after all.

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