Sunday | September 14, 2003
When you bargain for that pound of flesh, start here
by RonK, Seattle
Before the United States Senate takes up the $87B Iraq supplemental budget request, it should take up Votes of Confidence.
A troupe of snake-oil peddlers has betrayed US national security. Are they delusional? Are they simply deluded? Are they propagating nonsense in service of some covert agenda? I don't care. Real security begins with seeing the world as it is, and this crowd won't do that.
We aren't equipped to clean out the whole stable -- yet -- but it's time to get out the pitchforks and the shovels. Begin with this Dubious Dozen:
Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of DefenseDraft a separate non-binding "Sense of the Senate" resolution for each official.
Phrase it in the affirmative, as votes of "Confidence" rather than "No Confidence", so that parliamentary delays, diversions and abstentions carry implicit negative valence.
This gives each and every Senator an opportunity to go on record as "confident", "not so confident", or "sorry, don't wanna talk about it".
Sen. Kerry, nuance this!
[An earlier post (Put a Price Tag on that Price Tag!) has been updated to reflect reader-nominated bargaining chips for that $87B supplemental.]Posted September 14, 2003 11:51 AM | Comments (45)