That's not surprising, of course, because they have always been this nation's war party. Do you remember an American war they didn't like? Do you know a current Republican office-holder who opposes this surge?
The GOP senses that Afghanistan can be Obama's Waterloo. In these weeks, these sharks smell the blood of Liberalism and are already circling. They have always sought to strangle, drown and bury their demon, the welfare state, by ginning up their own warfare state.
They will see to it that BHO's Change-We-Can-Believe-In will end up like LBJ's Great Society. They will see to it that Barack Obama will reprise on March 31st 2012, Lyndon Johnson's swan song on the same date in 1968. Not too much will have to be altered from LBJ's prepared remarks. A sample:
Tonight I want to speak to you of peace inTo this day, I remember exactly where I was the night LBJ threw in his towel. I had fallen asleep actually watching what appeared to be just another long-winded, sentimentally sweet and syrupy Lyndon-being-Lyndon televised homily. I had no idea history was turning a corner until I jerked myself awake for his final words. "What was that? What was that?" I shouted. We didn't have TIVO in those dark days.
VietnamAfghanistan and SoutheastCentral Asia.
.... On many occasions I have told the American people that we would send to
VietnamAfghanistan those forces that are required to accomplish our mission there. So, with that as our guide, we have previously authorized a force level of approximately 525,000100,000.
.... It has not been easy—far from it. During the past 4 years, it has been my fate and my responsibility to be Commander in Chief. I have lived—daily and nightly—with the cost of this war. I know the pain that it has inflicted. I know, perhaps better than anyone, the misgivings that it has aroused.
.... Throughout this entire, long period, I have been sustained by a single principle: that what we are doing now, in
VietnamAfghanistan , is vital not only to the security of SoutheastCentral Asia, but it is vital to the security of every American.
And in these times as in times before, it is true that a house divided against itself by the spirit of faction, of party, of region, of religion, of race, is a house that cannot stand.
There is division in the American house now. There is divisiveness among us all tonight. And holding the trust that is mine, as President of all the people, I cannot disregard the peril to the progress of the American people and the hope and the prospect of peace for all peoples.
So, I would ask all Americans, whatever their personal interests or concern, to guard against divisiveness and all its ugly consequences.
Fifty-twoThirty-Eight months and 10 days ago, in a moment of tragedy and trauma, the duties of this office fell upon me. I asked then for your help and God's, that we might continue America on its course, binding up our wounds, healing our history, moving forward in new unity, to clear the American agenda and to keep the American commitment for all of our people.
..... What we won when all of our people united just must not now be lost in suspicion, distrust, selfishness, and politics among any of our people.
Believing this as I do, I have concluded that I should not permit the Presidency to become involved in the partisan divisions that are developing in this political year.
With America's sons in the fields far away, with America's future under challenge right here at home, with our hopes and the world's hopes for peace in the balance every day, I do not believe that I should devote an hour or a day of my time to any personal partisan causes or to any duties other than the awesome duties of this office—the Presidency of your country.
Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President.
In these dark days to come, if we're escalating in Afghanistan, a single-term for #44 will not surprise me...