Full Retreat On Iraq

Last time I checked Republikkkan Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison was a full32 points ahead of Democratic opponent Barbara Ann Radnofsky and even farther ahead of her Libertarian opponent, Scott Lanier Jamison.

Still, she felt the need to say it waswrong to invade Iraq during last night’s Texas senatorial debate.

“If I knew then what I had known now on the weapons of mass destruction, which was a key reason I voted the way I did, I would not have voted to go into Iraq then,” Hutchison said.

5 thoughts on “Full Retreat On Iraq

  1. Today the online news is running articles of how the Pentagon is admitting that they have failed in Baghdad. (example below)
    That being the case, I can’t help but noting that I (and many others) noted 5 years ago that the middle east has resisted invaders for thousands of years. That part of the world gave us the word “assassin.” I can even remember some people talking before the 2000 election that Bush was looking to invade Iraq to make up for a perceived father’s weakness.
    So which motto should I use:
    DAMN, I HATE BEING RIGHT ALL THE TIME (adapted from Jurassic Park movie).
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1926809,00.html A day after George Bush conceded for the first time that America may have reached the equivalent of a Tet offensive in Iraq, the Pentagon yesterday admitted defeat in its strategy of securing Baghdad.

  2. but but but how does TEXAS feel?
    i would acept joemental yuck, if kay bailey twit lost.

  3. There is no one TEXAS. There are many and people and institutions here feel all kinds of different about what’s going on in Iraq, in the country and in the state.
    Witness our four ring circus gubernatorial race, for example. This is the week that major newspapers are announcing their endorsements and there’s a pretty wide spread across the candidates. The Dallas Morning News, and according to rumors, the Austin Statesman have endorsed Governor Shithead, the Houston Chronicle is for Grandma, the San Antonio Express News, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Victoria Advocate and Corpus Christi Caller are for Dem Chris Bell, who just might be picking up steam. As far as I know, none of the papers have endorsed Kinky. The Austin Chronicle (for Bell) spoke of Kinky (and someone else) thusly:
    He has no real interest in the crucial details of governance. He has chosen positions out of whim and ignorance (such as martial law on the border, or quickly dissipating a budget “surplus” visible only to him). Along the campaign trail, he has made no effort to learn anything new or from his mistakes. (The last denizen of the Mansion with Friedman’s Know-Nothing approach to governance is now in the White House.)

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