December 7, 2006, - 11:37 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Remember when James Baker, Co-Chairman of the Iraq Study Group (read: Iraq Surrender Group), said, “F-CK the Jews. They didn’t vote for us anyway“?
Well, now the new report he and his “study” group issued is the written version of his statement. And he’s going further in f–king the Jews by insisting on a regional Mid-East peace conference without Israel. Hello . . . ?
James Baker is right. I, Debbie Schlussel, a Jewish American, never voted for him. Thankfully, he was never on any of my ballots. And, hopefully, he never will be. That said, there is a great response to James A. Baker III on t-shirts, aprons, and even this Christmas tree ornament. Gotta say my favorites are the thong and doggie t-shirt bearing this response to the Iraq Study Group anti-Semitic honcho:
Reader Sean sends a good assessment of Baker’s erroneous Surrender Report and a message for Baker from Winston Churchill:
I need to vent here.
I can hardly wait until the furor over the Iraq Surrender Group dies down so I can stop watching the crusty, wrinkled faces of James Baker and Lee Hamilton on my television. What have we become as a nation when we honor – nay, kowtow to – a group of men and one woman who decide we should not only speak directly to our direst enemies in the middle east (no small feat given the neighborhood), but that we should inexplicably seek THEIR help with OUR problems. Um, how are we supposed to do that Mr Baker? Ask them politely to stop being the problem? I have no issue with talking directly to Syria and Iran‚Ä¶as long as it’s something along the lines of “We understand you guys want nuclear weapons. How about we send you a few? We can have them there quicker than you can blink.” And it floors me that they’re still harping on the distracter of the Arab-Israeli conflict, as if it’s our fault and Israel’s fault that the Arab nations surrounding the Jewish state want to eliminate it. How can you even think that will help? Carter and Clinton put a great deal of effort into it, and it was almost entirely for naught.
One thing I noticed was that there was no career military person on the panel. Having one on there isn’t a guarantee of success of course. I mean, they COULD have signed up Wes Clark in a heartbeat and that would have been worse than none. I’m with Ralph Peters on this one (and I don’t always agree with his assessment). The lack of military experience, other than a stint with Washington at Valley Forge, indicates that their recommendations are completely in the realm of political appeasement. I haven’t read the whole document yet, but it doesn’t surprise me that some have written that the word “victory” does not appear anywhere. I also see there’s not one person on that panel you could name as a conservative. Baker and Sandra O’Connor are certainly not, although I know less about Alan Simpson.
Our IT people made us all remove quotations from the end of our emails, but I still believe in the one I pulled from Churchill: “You ask: What is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory. Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror. However long or hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.” Unfortunately our political leadership and national will has been weakened by a generation of feel-good pop-culture psycho babble.
Thanks for letting me unload.
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