Wherever they are I hope the authors of our Constitution are pondering the spectacle now bedazzling Capitol Hill. In the admirable governing document that the Founding Fathers fashioned they made the president "Commander in Chief" of our military. Yet, according the novel reading of the newly elected Democratic majority, the Founding Fathers denied the president the instrumentalities to be commander-in-chief. For over two centuries, through wars large and small, American presidents have been equipping armies, deciding strategy, and sending those armies into battle. Now, however, along come the Hon. Nancy Pelosi, the Hon. Harry Reid, and the incomparable Hon. John P. Murtha with their exegesis of the Constitution.
Past presidents were in error. They acted unconstitutionally when they in their impertinence had their generals and admirals train and equip our forces. Those duties, according to this trinity of fantasists, were to be left to committees on Capitol Hill, even committees dominated by a president's opponents. Thus Speaker of the House Pelosi has charged Murtha to divine the conditions under which reinforcements will fight in Iraq. The Democrats approved of putting Lieutenant General David Petraeus in charge of Coalition forces in Iraq, but they do not approve of his strategy of "surge." Thus he will apparently have to sit tight until Murtha, an opponent of the war, decides how General Petraeus's troops will be armed and trained.
He is correct in observing at conclusion, nonetheless, that the Democrat-icks will ultimately be attributed writ large for this shallow, convenience-based approach to the WOT.
I suspect Mr. Tyrrell's tenor reveals not that he doesn't think the Democrat-icks won't pay the ultimate price for their folly, but what bothers Mr. Tyrrell most is witnessing the crisis of brain power in the Democrat-ick party. Pretty hard to write satire, using delicious inky visuals in script about people who seem only able to use their heads for a hat rack.