The Democrats Once Again Put Politics Ahead Of National Security
If you want to see how non-serious the Democrats are about foreign affairs, then look no further than their call to disinvite Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to speak in front of a joint session of Congress:
“Al-Maliki, a Shiite Muslim, was quoted in The New York Times and elsewhere calling Israel the aggressor in the conflict with Hezbollah, the Iranian- and Syrian-backed terror group that has been launching rockets at Israel from civilian communities in southern Lebanon. The latest armed conflict began nearly two weeks ago when Hezbollah terrorists crossed the northern Israeli border, kidnapped two soldiers and killed three others.
“The Israeli attacks and airstrikes are completely destroying Lebanon’s infrastructure,” al-Maliki is quoted in the paper as saying last Wednesday during a news conference in Baghdad. “I condemn these aggressions and call on the Arab League foreign ministers’ meeting in Cairo to take quick action to stop these aggressions. We call on the world to take quick stands to stop the Israeli aggression.”
House Democrats on Monday crafted a letter to Hastert urging him to cancel the speech by al-Maliki to the chamber. The letter, which was being circulated for signatures, argues that if the Iraqi leader’s positions are at odds with U.S. foreign policy goals then he should not be given the honor of giving an address from the speaker’s podium.”
Yes, let’s publicly insult the Iraqi Prime Minister and send him back to Iraq with his tail between his legs for holding the exact same position as the UN, the leader of almost every nation in Europe, and most of the diarists at the Daily Kos. It’s nonsensical.
Then, what’s this all about? Well, look at what’s happening. Democrats are running the most prominent Jew in their Party, Joe Lieberman, out of town on a rail while prominent liberal blogs are publicly wishing that Israel didn’t exist. So, this is really just a publicity stunt, a way to show that the Democrats still love Jews despite the evidence to the contrary.
Of course, the Democrats expect the party that takes foreign policy seriously, the Republicans, to do the right thing and keep al-Maliki on the schedule — and the GOP will.
But, this just goes to show you what a foreign policy joke the Democrats are. Let’s say they actually got their way and we humiliated the Iraqi Prime Minister in this manner. Could it foul up our relationship with the Iraqis? Absolutely. Could it cause our cooperation to break down and thereby help the terrorists? Absolutely. As a result, could we see American soldiers in the field die because Democrats wanted to play political games back home? Absolutely.
It’s the, “same old, same old,” from a Party that proves time and time again that they can’t be trusted with America’s security.