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September 23, 2006

Rightwingers Thwarted Clinton's ONE Effort To Get Bin Ladin, Through Effusive Praise

But everyone knows we rightwingers are as sarcastic as sophomore co-eds:

Congressional leaders were briefed about the planned raid Wednesday night and Thursday morning. For the most part, Republican leaders praised Clinton's decision and urged more aggressive action against terrorism.

House Speaker Newt Gingrich expressed firm support, and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, said, "Our response appears to be appropriate and just."

There were, of course, dissenting voices, given that Clinton had only finally been roused to ineffectual, feckless action by the fact the impeachment vote was the following day:

Others were more critical. Accusing Clinton of "lies and deceit and manipulations and deceptions," Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., said the president's record "raises into doubt everything he does and everything he says, and maybe even everything he doesn't do and doesn't say."

That's from the New York Times, by the way.

So, Senate Majority Leader Lott and Speaker of the House Gingrich, and most Republicans generally, praised the (long overdo, intentionally weak) attack.

But Dan Coats accused him of -- get this -- dishonesty and political calculation.

Why, there's no way a President could have taken action previous to, or subsequent to, this ONE attempt on bin Ladin's life without the crucial support of Dan Coats of Indiana.

Because, you see, Dan Coats personally delivered authorizations to attack enemies from the White House to the target geeks at the Pentagon. No Dan Coats-- no airstrikes.

It's as simple as that.

Thanks to Tommy.


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