You can relieve the President of his command. Not of his Presidency. But of his military role as Commander-In-Chief. You simply invoke the Uniform Code Of Military Justice.Yep, heck with the fact the Founders specifically wanted a civilian CIC, and heck with all that stuff about Bush trashing the Constitution, this guy wants an outright coup. Here's a typical and well-deserved slap down. This Lewis putz has some industrial strength nerve lecturing Pace on the UCMJ. But the bigger question is why Arianna Huffington would even allow it to appear? OK, not a real big shocker but we can only conclude it shows the desperate depths of desperation many Dems are displaying in their quest to lose this war.
Further absurdity--Bob Woodward once claimed General Pace told him he still believes Saddam might have had a hand in 9/11.
The answer lies not in reality but in the political sea as it has from the beginning. Both the WaPo and Times devoted Sunday space to the various Congressional delegations who've traveled to Iraq this month in advance of the Petraeus September progress report. While the Times was more broadly focused, the Post focused on the House's biggest anti-war member, Rep Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, who after her one day in the Green Zone feels stronger than ever about leaving now, an assessment not shared by all the delegates. But hey, they aren't the leader of the "House Out of Iraq Caucus".
All of this seems to tie rather nicely with Bill Maher's recent self-disappointing interview with NY Times correspondent Damien Pace (co-author of the above story), which failed to provide the desired BDS reaction from his leftist audience and had to be, for lack of a better term, a bomb.
The Dems aren't alone--they and the Dovish Repubs can't possibly succeed in getting us out before the election--there's just not enough time--so the goal is posturing and plausible deniability. In other words, creating a false reality for personal gain, the very thing they hammer the administration about daily. The reality is everyone in their heart of hearts understands that leaving Iraq a mess will create even more of a mess. So, the charade continues.
For a lost war there sure seems to be a lot of good news coming out of Iraq of late, more than we've seen in a while. Can't help but think the efforts to allow ex-Ba'athists back into the government might somehow be tied to Izzat al-Duri's recent declaration of war against his former al Qaeda buddies, which likely means he has sensed a political wind shift.
Petraeus is winning on the ground. If the political improvement follows it'll be much harder to accuse Iraq of being a mess or declaring that "we've lost" going into the upcoming primaries. That said, U.S. Democrats aren't the only politicians whose careers are dependent on a negative outcome in Iraq, many in the terror swamps are watching and waiting as well. They will likely be heard from yet this fall.