I've always thought of most Republican politicians as fairly nerdy guys, so it surprises me to see Senators like Ted Stevens and Mitch McConnell spin and reverse course on a dime. But in fact they are great at doing these tricks, and keep their skills sharp by constant, unremitting practice.
The Times of London's Ned Barker wrote today from Baghdad of the coming peace plan that the new Iraqi government will announce no later than Sunday.
It will include an amnesty to "release all the prisoners who were not involved in the shredding of innocent Iraqi's blood." They plan on giving you a "Get Out of Jail Free Card" if you have captured and killed U.S. soldiers, or perhaps strung up some American contractors on a bridge after murdering them - as long as you didn't do it to Iraqis. I expected that Republicans would not be happy with this idea, but I am completely wrong. Stevens has been quoted as saying "If that's amnesty, I'm for it...if they bore arms against our people, what's the difference?" Mitch McConnell wants to "pass a resolution commending the Iraqi government for the position that they have taken today with regard to this discussion of amnesty."
I am not sure how much I disagree with them, but I do like to watch their triple jumps. We'll probably get another chance to watch wing nuts perform this weekend, when the actual peace plan is released. All week we've heard how asking for a time table for our withdrawal is unpatriotic, cowardly, and tantamount to treason. What are the Republicans going to do when the peace plan proposed by the legitimate, freely elected government of the sovereign nation of Iraq demands a time table.?
Prime Minister al-Malki already has. So has his vice-president. The vast majority of the U.S. troops serving in Iraq agree on the need for an exit schedule, according to a Zogby poll. They know that the only hope for peace in Iraq rests on our absence from their country.
But if you're a democrat who agrees with the Iraqis and with the U.S. troops on a timetable, you deserve to be "fragged." I'm not asking that anyone be hurt, but I do look forward to watching Ann and company try for double axles and triple lutzes. I guess the only real surprise will be whether or not Dick Buttons does the commentary.