15 June 2006 at 9:21:00 PM
In the most bizarre of all worlds, adding to the comments Bush made yesterday at his press conference in which he discussed "reconciliation" for Iraqi insurgents who have killed US troops, John Cornyn (who has not seen service himself) today joined with other Republicans who support the idea of granting amnesty to Iraqi insurgents... who have killed US troops. (The caveat is that the insurgents can only get amnesty as long as they have ONLY killed US troops and not fellow Iraqis-gee!)
Bush: Prime Minister Maliki is promoting reconciliation among the Iraqi people. And during my discussions with his cabinet and others, the concept of reconciliation kept coming up. People know they've got to reconcile the past in order to have a bright future. He told us he's going to soon appoint a reconciliation committee that will focus on resolving specific concerns of different Iraqi communities.
From the WaPost
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday proposed a limited amnesty to help end the Sunni Arab insurgency as part of a national reconciliation plan that Maliki said would be released within days. The plan is likely to include pardons for those who had attacked only U.S. troops, a top adviser said.
What was Cornyn's comment? Looks like he would prefer to slide this under the rug, in other words, let's get all het up over the Amnesty debate about Mexicans, but give short shrift to any debate that would include amnesty for those who have attacked us in Iraq.
It makes no sense for the United States Senate to shake its finger at the new government of Iraq and to criticize them… it really is a distraction from the debate that I think the American people would want us to have.”
Wrong. Cornyn. You want to have a debate about flag-burning, which is So Sixties. I want to have a debate about why the President who insists Iraq is the central focal point for terrorism and that we must stay there for years would agree with forgiving those who have killed or maimed the troops, and would leave them there for further attack.
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