The new mission in Iraq – “counsel peace and brotherhood” to eighth-century barbarians with guns, bombs and knives.

I often wonder when we’ll have the chance to elect leaders again. A Congress more willing to keep their oath of office:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

I don’t think any of them have the slightest idea what their real role in the country is. And if they do remember the oath, they prefer to ignore it and spend thier time and energy on sending taxpayer money to their constituencies and making speeches at fundraisers for re-election campaigns.

Wesley Pruden has a terrific column at (it’s from Friday) about the political end of Operation: Iraqi Freedom. The difference between the blather from the Current Occupant and His Merry CongressWeasels and the straight talk reported by the LEADERS on the ground in Iraq isn’t just the difference of a few words. It’s a vast gulf of ignorance which shows how completely out of touch with American Reality most of our Elected Weasels really are.

President Obama may think he is delivering on a campaign promise, to eliminate “combat missions” by the beginning of Sept. 1, 2010, but everybody else knows better, the troops most of all. While good old Joewas trying to exchange high fives with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, American troops were sealing off the village of Hawija in northernIraq while their Iraqi counterparts raided houses and detained dozens of “insurgents.” The insurgents, many armed with unsheathed knives, loaded guns and other paraphernalia of what we used to call “war,” did not look like they expected peace counseling.

The senior officers in Iraq, responsible for both the job at hand and the morale of their troops, are talking as plain as they dare. “Iraq still faces a hostile enemy, who is determined to hinder progress,” said Gen. Lloyd Austin, the newly installed commander of 50,000 remaining men who look like, talk like and fight like American soldiers. “Make no mistake, our military forces here and those of the Iraqi nation remain committed to ensuring that our friends in Iraq succeed.”

In the village of Hawaji (it sounds a little like “Hawaii,” but nobody would confuse the two), Lt. Col. Andy Ulrich employed blunter speech to buck up his troops, who could be forgiven if they think their commander in chief and his men back in Washington have had an attack of the vapors. “You are all combat troops and not doing a combat mission,” he said, “although it looks, smells, feels and hurts a lot like combat. Don’t worry about what the politicians are saying because we have a mission. The bad part is, we can’t go kicking in doors ourselves and get these guys. We’ve got to kind of convince the Iraqis to do it, but the good part is, they’re kind of willing to do it.” The colonel’s remarks were a study in subtlety, not lost on his troops.

What’s the “Approval Rating” for the Administrative Branch this week?

God, help us endure those who – under the guise of Leading – merely change the words to mean what they want them to mean. These poor fellows have no idea what “the Truth, the Whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth” means. Help us send them home so they can study such meanings at their leisure, come November. And please help our Military do what they can when they can as they serve this Nation, until we can get some Real Leadership back for them. amen


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