Friday, November 25, 2005

The GOP on Kosovo

Every Democrat--or, for that matter, anyone who doesn't support the war in its current manifestation--should keep a copy of this PDf in their back pocket. It's a complete catalog of (now hypocritical) statements by Republican leaders critiquing Clinton's successful foray--together with our NATO allies--into Kosovo. So, Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney and Mr. Hannity--where were your claims about how important it was that Kosovars be free of oppression? Where were your celebrations about the birth of democracy in Serbia? Where were your "purple fingers" expressing solidarity with the democratic election of Prime Minister Kostunice? For that matter, how many of you even know that Kostunice is the prime minister there now?

You want to know why you don't know? Because things have been awfully quiet in Serbia lately. And before any nutcases complain that we Democrats are hypocritical for supporting Kosovo but not Iraq, let me remind you of a famous prayer--one of the few things you can relate to: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

There you go. Our objection to your idiocies is precisely contained in the third section: you do not apparently know the difference between a venture that has a chance at ultimate success and a venture that doesn't. And stop blaming us for pointing it out.

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