Angle: "...we need to support our military with all of our resources, not only our military in service right now, but those veterans and their families as well. That’s one of those priorities in the enumerated powers of our Constitution. We should be setting our priorities on our military.
But when you said this war is lost and said that General Petraeus was dishonest, that emboldened our enemies, dis-, demoralized our troops, and endangered them, and you need to apologize to them, Senator."
Hmmm. Let's see:
1. Disarm Saddam's weapons of mass destruction? NO GO - he didn't fucking have any, we knew that, and lied our asses off about it, ruining our credibility and staining our national honor. Big fucking NO GO.
2. Remove Saddam? GO - we did that
3. Install democratic pro-American regime in Baghdad? NO GO - at least so far, we have installed an Iranian client/theocratic kleptocracy
4. Reduce tensions in region? NO GO - still as much of a fucking powderkeg as ever, if not more.
5. Reduce the need for U.S. forces in ME? NO GO
6. Improve the lot of the Iraqi people NO GO - at least for now; the jury's still out on how this will play out. In the short run, a fail, given the immense death and misery the war produced.
That's one "GO" out of six tasks.
And I loves me some soldiers and some veterans, but "supporting them with all our resources" is an enumerated power of the Federal Government? What the fu...?
Article 1, Section 8, says that Congress has the power to:
"...declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water; raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years; provide and maintain a Navy; make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces; provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions; and to provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;"That's it. Nothing in there about vets, nothing in there about the degree to which the Congress and People of the U.S. are obliged to "support our military".
Christ, this idiocy makes me go all drill sergeant. Word up to young Private Angle: the armed forces of the United States are there to protect and defend the Constitution and the lives and, at the direction of the Congress and the orders of the officers appointed by the President, defend the lives and property of the citizens of the United States.
It's not the other way around, dummy. When the state exists to support the armed forces it called "fascism", knucklehead.
As I used to tell my trainees, "PVT Angle, you are a "NO GO" at this station. You have the option to retest imediately, or you will be retrained and retested at a later time.
What is your option?"
And what is OUR option? Congresscritter drone Reid versus this nutjob?