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February 21, 2007

Hanlon's Razor

Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last Friday and Saturday, the Democrats in Congress took another step in a desperate attempt to assure our defeat in Iraq and ultimately threaten our national security at home.

All for their own bankrupt political expediency.

In the long run, our men and women in uniform in Iraq will prevail and the Democratic Party will be exposed for overplaying the hand it was dealt in the last election.

On Friday, by a vote of 246 to 182 the House passed a non-binding resolution repudiating the president's "troop surge" in Iraq. An effort to bring a similar measure to a vote in the Senate failed to win the necessary 60 votes to end debate, by a tally of 56 to 34.

Nevertheless, both votes are being heralded by liberals pathologically united against President George W. Bush - err, I mean, the war in Iraq - as a victory. It will prove to be a transient pyrrhic victory.

After the vote, the majority leader, Nevada Senator Harry Reid predicted: "The Senate will keep fighting to force President Bush to change course."

Debate about the critical issues of the day is always important and certainly to be celebrated, as long as it is an intelligent debate with integrity and has the best interests of all Americans as a goal.

Many folks understand the behavior of the Democrats as malicious towards the military, Republicans, and President Bush. However, the votes by both houses of Congress can be best magnanimously explained as a classic example of "Hanlon's Razor" - "Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity."

Ultimately, last week's votes will prove to be politically stupid as Americans will come to understand the votes lacked integrity or intelligence and certainly did not have in mind the best interests of America's national security.

Meanwhile it was great to get a definitive roll-call accounting of where folks stand on the issues.

That information will come in handy in the next two years - and in the next 35 years. Not unlike Massachusetts Senator John Kerry's despicable behavior in 1971 - after he returned from Vietnam - helped our nation understand the prognosis of what fate would befall our great nation if he had been elected president in 2004.

Democrats continue to believe that the ultimate fate of the war in Iraq will give them the White House in 2008. Of course, the "fate" that the Dems are counting on is our ultimate defeat.

The one obvious 800-pound gorilla in the room is the ability of our men and women in uniform to engage, adapt, and overcome and, in the end, be successful in bringing about stability in Iraq.

Trite transparent aphorisms that Democrats "support the troops, but not the mission" may play well with some uninformed voters, but eventually, history is sure to reflect that last week's votes in Congress were shameful.

Meanwhile, Democrat Congressman John Murtha of Pennsylvania has emerged as the real face of the majority in Congress and after the vote, he said: "We have to be careful that people don't think this is the vote. The real vote will come on the legislation we're putting together."

Many published accounts have referred to Representative Murtha's approach as the "slow bleed" strategy dedicated to an American defeat.

The next steps will be to attempt to hamstring the troops by denying them the deployment of relief troops, funds for training and equipment, and eventually de-funding the war effort. Revisiting the original 2002 congressional authorization to use force is not off the table either.

A recent Washington Post editorial cut to the chase in stating the current politics of the war: "Mr. Murtha's cynicism is matched by an alarming ignorance about conditions in Iraq. He continues to insist that Iraq 'would be more stable with us out of there, 'in spite of the consensus of U.S. intelligence agencies that early withdrawal would produce 'massive civilian casualties.' "

"Alarming ignorance" is a much more pleasant way of saying "stupidity."

Not to mention that an early withdrawal will not only leave an unstable Iraq and Middle East but have an ominous deleterious impact on our safety at home - on American soil.

Frightfully, the "Murtha slow bleed" may end up as the blood of innocent American civilians.

The current Democrat initiatives in Congress demonstrate an "alarming ignorance" of the consequences of their maniacal pre-occupation to win back the White House in 2008.

It is widely reported that the Democrats and the liberal mainstream media are misleading the American public as to the real progress and the chances for a successful outcome of the war.

Eventually the outcome will be evident and an entire generation of folks will remember a Democratic Party that did not support our troops when the chips were down and was willing to sacrifice our safety for political expediency. Not to overlook an evolving generational mistrust for the major liberal news media outlets.

Eventually history will reflect upon this era as the time when the Democratic Party over-played its hand and became the ultimate political suicide bomber and imploded under the weight of its own political stupidity.

No, folks, it's not malice - it's Hanlon's Razor - stupidity.

Kevin Dayhoff writes from Westminster: E-mail him at: kdayhoff@carr.org



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