On a San Antonio Radio station Dean made the usual ass of himself. You know how some people get fashionably 'stuck' in a decade? Well Dean is politically stuck in the 70's. Can you count how many 70isms he can't get over?
"I've seen this before in my life. This is the same situation we had in Vietnam. Everybody then kept saying, 'just another year, just stay the course, we'll have a victory.' Well, we didn't have a victory, and this policy cost the lives of an additional 25,000 troops because we were too stubborn to recognize what was happening."
Dean says the Democrat position on the war is 'coalescing,' and is likely to include several proposals.
"I think we need a strategic redeployment over a period of two years," Dean said. "Bring the 80,000 National Guard and Reserve troops home immediately. They don't belong in a conflict like this anyway. We ought to have a redeployment to Afghanistan of 20,000 troops, we don't have enough troops to do the job there and its a place where we are welcome. And we need a force in the Middle East, not in Iraq but in a friendly neighboring country to fight (terrorist leader Musab) Zarqawi, who came to Iraq after this invasion. We've got to get the target off the backs of American troops.
Okay. So let me see if I've got this. Zarqawi, who is in Iraq, needs to be fought by America from an imaginary American-friendly neighboring country. That'll work! The Brilliance!!
Dean didn't specify which country the US forces would deploy to, but he said he would like to see the entire process completed within two years. He said the Democrat proposal is not a 'withdrawal,' but rather a 'strategic redeployment' of U.S. forces.So, if he were now in charge (Heaven help us all), the terrorists could now explain to all of their jihadists to sit tight and wait. Just two years guys, they'll be gone, & then the place is ours. Nothing like laying a plan out there for the terrorists to work around. Two years to terrorists is nothing.
"The White House wants us to have a permanent commitment to Iraq. This is an Iraqi problem. President Bush got rid of Saddam Hussein and that was a great thing, but that could have been done in a very different way. But now that we're there we need to figure out how to leave. 80% of Iraqis want us to leave, and it's their country."
Yes, yes, yes the sanctions were going so well! France, Germany, Russia, and many U.N. officials (and sons!) were getting rich by selling out the Iraqi people. Meanwhile, Saddam kept on firing on our planes and free to do whatever he wished. Permanent commitment to Iraq....Only a deranged person could see having a democratic middle eastern country as an ally a bad thing. Let's continue with the 70isms.
Dean also compared the controversy over pre-war intelligence to the Watergate scandal which brought down Richard Nixon's presidency in 1974.
"What we see today is very much like what was going in Watergate," Dean said. "It turns out there is a lot of good evidence that President Bush did not tell the truth when he was asking Congress for the power to go to war. The President said last week that Congress saw the same intelligence that he did in making the decision to go to war, and that is flat out wrong. The President withheld some intelligence from the Senate Intelligence Committee. He withheld the report from the CIA that in fact there was no evidence of weapons of mass destruction (in Iraq), that they did not have a nuclear program. They (the White House) selectively gave intelligence to the United States Senate and the United States Congress and got them to give the go ahead to attack these people." (all emphasis mine)
That last phrase is especially precious, don't you think? You know, that kite-flying, happy-go-lucky country without a care in the world. What plastic shredders? What torturing of 2 year old toddlers for intel? The rapes, the gassings and mass murder....
Also of note: "they did not have a nuclear program".. Somebody please tell Dr. Obeidi.
Somebody please get Dean a straight jacket. I think he prefers the pink ones.
(Link found via Michelle Malkin)