The issue was Iraq and Senator Jack Reed seemed to see his role not in questioning but in being a life coach for James Jeffrey, US Ambassador to Iraq. And, specifically, saw his role as being a life coach for Jeffrey on how to ask for money and receive it from the Senate.
Reed is a Democrat and, as a general rule, I prefer my Democrats rush to help those in need of cash for public schools, job creation, unemployment benefits, CHIPS, Medicare, Medicaid and food assistance among other things.
When it comes to war?
I really don't enjoy hearing a Democrat coach people on how to get more money for war.
And that's especially true, Jack Reed, when you're basically assisting the witness -- as you yourself admitted -- in overcoming and, yes, ignoring the American people's wishes. You want to teach tricks, open a magic school.
Jack Reed gets on my last nerve. He's like the terrier of the War Hawk class.
After Reed, Lindsey Graham went and, among his remarks, said, "The nation needs to understand what's about to occur here. If you bring all the troops home -- we all would like that to happen as soon as possible -- you still have a country that is in a very early stage of development in terms of democracy. Would both of you agree with that? That Iraq is an infant democracy at best?"
So what we have here is a bi-partisan hole. They're digging a bi-partisan hole. When Bully Boy Bush was occupying the Oval Office, Graham was a War Hawk. He remains one today. But Reed? He was against it. He was talking common sense back then. Now Barack's in the White House and Graham, again, remains the same; however, Reed acts like an idiot.
In today's snapshot, C.I. goes over a Senate Foreign Affairs report and a friend called her this evening an hour or so after the snapshot went up. (C.I. had the friend on speaker phone.) The friend did a very successful fundraiser for Barbara Boxer last year. Barbara sits on that Committee, certainly she didn't go along with the report! C.I. responded, "Use the link to the PDF of the report. You'll see her name on it along with everyone else on that Committee."
But she was against the war, the friend exclaimed. C.I. replied, "That's when Bush was in the White House." And that's true and it's also true of Jack Reed.
Jack Reed used to be one of the smartest people on the Armed Services Committee. But then Barack got sworn in and suddenly he's Tina Yothers on Family Ties, reduced to saying, "Yeah!" to whatever Mallory or Alex say or do. Unable to think on his own. (There's a hilarious parody of Family Ties on the SNL episode that Justine Bateman hosted years ago -- you can stream it at Netflix -- and all the Tina Yothers character gets to do in the skit is say "Yeah!")
So 'change we can believe in' means that it's now a bi-partisan hole they dig and they'll continue throwing money and bodies at it and continue to lie to themselves that a turned corner is approaching. It's really sad and disgusting.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"