Newt Gingrich: Another Cowardly Rat Jumping off the Iraq Ship
by Matt Stoller, Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 07:53:51 AM EDT
So Newt Gingrich now comes out against the occupation of Iraq, saying that the last 34 months have been a mistake. What a cowardly rat. First of all, Newt was on the Defense Policy Board, which means that he had an inside track to actually affect policy. Which apparently he did not try to do.
For instance, in September, 2004, which is 15 months after the occupation apparently became a mistake, Gingrich couldn't call us unpatriotic whiners fast enough.
And instead of applauding this deliberate effort to minimize American casualties and to strengthen the Iraqis, we have some of our friends here at home who want it both ways. They want to complain that we're not winning fast enough, and they want to complain if we take any casualties. You can't have it both ways. [Fox, Hannity & Colmes, 9/27/04]
Watch these conservative rats run away from Iraq. They'll insist that Bush isn't a conservative, that the movement they've built is actually liberal, and that what we need is a real conservative movement in power. This is the same conservative movement that insists that government spending is out of control at the same time as they pass a massive corrupt prescription drug entitlement program through open bribery on the floor of the House.
They ran on a platform of honesty and integrity in 1994. And at the end of the day, they are personally weak and unable to follow through on what they promised. That's been a consistent pattern. Republican and conservative leaders are personally weak people who do whatever is necessary to be popular. Newt is just one more impotent rotten apple.
These people are not leaders. They are corrupt petty con men. Think Progress did a great job of researching Newt's statements on Iraq. I'm wondering, can we try some open source research? Can you find your favorite warmongering quote from Gingrich on Iraq prior to his jumping off the ship? Leave it in the comments, and if it's good, you will be covered in glory forever and ever, and by that I mean today.