Thursday, February 01, 2007

New year, new....

Well, it's not new.

I can't believe the rhetoric that is in politics today. Not just the Democratic Party, but the Republican Party, the press, foreign governments, etc.

For example, there are a number of Senators from both parties that, just a few months ago, said that we need more troops in Iraq. Ok, the President wants to send more troops. Now these Senators are against it!

So, what has changed in these few months?

I am of the following opinions based on the following facts:


  1. Fact: The President is increasing the number of troops. If I recall correctly, it is an increase of 21,500
  2. Fact: Senators who were for a troop increase are now against it.
  3. Opinion: The Senators of the Democratic Party who switched have done so because:
    3a) the election is now over
    3b) they have a very slim majority in the Senate
    3c) the Democratic Party seems to be the "anti-war" party (with some exceptions, as with any generalization).
  4. Opinion: The Senators of the Republican Party who switched have done so because:
    4a) the election is now over
    4b) the Democratic Party has a very slim majority in the Senate
    4c) they are distancing themselves from the President because of popularity polls, which show support for the President and the war in Iraq to be in the basement.


Rhetoric. All rhetoric.

And trying to look good on TV, of course.