Sunday, November 12, 2006

The anti-Quagmire Fix for Iraq: George McGovern?

By John W. Lillpop
San Jose, California

The 2006 mid-term elections would have turned out vastly different if Americans had known that the Democrats' “plan” for Iraq would be to pick the brain of socialist and former presidential candidate George McGovern.

Perhaps McGovern is a harmless lefty these days, but is he the best the Democrats have to offer in the way of ideas and leadership on Iraq?

Good grief, the man was rejected by the American people in a landslide victory for Richard Nixon back in 1972. Why in hades does anyone need to hear from this vanquished old liberal 35 years later?

Mind you, it is perfectly understandable that Democrats would be wary of input from the likes of Al Gore, John Kerry, or John Murtha. Depending on that collection of vipers for help would be like seeking expert advice from Bill Clinton on ending marital infidelity—would not be prudent!

But is George McGovern the solution to anything except Trivial Pursuit questions about “Failures in the 1970s”?

What can one expect next from Democrats? Jane Fonda to replace John Bolton at the UN? Jimmy Carter as special envoy to North Korea and Iran to quell nuclear threats in those nations?

Have majority status and a mandate to change direction driven Democrats barking mad? Do they not realize that direction mandated by voters is forward—not back to the days of bell-bottom slacks, hippies, and long gas lines?

Or as George W. Bush might put it with his inimitable eloquence: ‘Merica needs to unquagmire Iraq!

John Lillpop is a recovering liberal, "clean and sober" since 1992 when last he voted for a Democrat. Pray for John: He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where people like Nancy Pelosi are considered reasonable!