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June 9, 2006

Democrats for Zarqawi

Filed under: — Different River @ 3:56 am

Well, sort of anyway.

Democrats call Zarqawi killing a stunt
By Amy Fagan
June 8, 2006

Some Democrats, breaking ranks from their leadership, today said the death of terrorist leader Abu Musab Zarqawi in Iraq was a stunt to divert attention from an unpopular and hopeless war.

“This is just to cover Bush’s [rear] so he doesn’t have to answer” for Iraqi civilians being killed by the U.S. military and his own sagging poll numbers, said Rep. Pete Stark, California Democrat. “Iraq is still a mess — get out.”

Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat, said Zarqawi was a small part of “a growing anti-American insurgency” and that it’s time to get out. “We’re there for all the wrong reasons,” Mr. Kucinich said.

I think it’s preposterous to say this is a “stunt” — the implication being that (a) Zarqawi was not really a bad guy; they just killed him to divert attention from low poll numbers, AND (b) that they could have gotten Zarqawi any time they wanted, but they “saved him for a special occasion,” chosing to let him blow up American soldiers and marines, and innocent Iraqi civilians, until they “needed” a killing to distract attention from low poll numbers.

Those implications are obviously false, not to mention slanderous. But you have to believe BOTH of those things to make a statement like Stark’s.

As for Kucinich, if he really believes that fighting terrorists and establishing a democracy where there used to be a totalitarian dictatorship are “all the wrong reasons,” then I question his fitness for holding any public office in a democracy.

One Response to “Democrats for Zarqawi”

  1. Patti Niehoff Says:

    It’s good to note that Rep. Kucinich, in his days as mayor of Cleveland, presided over the largest city bankruptcy in modern times. No municipal bonds could be sold for the city at all — underwriters wouldn’t touch them, regardless of interest percentages.

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