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February 1, 2007

Stand Up Or Stand Down?


If subtle, this shot in yesterday’s NYT was surprisingly weighty.

The accompanying story reviewed the confirmation hearings considering the nomination of Adm. William (“Who said anything about Iran?”) Fallon to command U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf.  Primarily however, the article (Senate Allies of Bush Work to Halt Iraq Votelink) summarized the intense political battle behind a proposed Senate resolution to oppose Bush’s troop escalation in Iraq.

What makes the photo intriguing — featuring bipartisan Bush escalation critics Hagel, Lugar and Biden (the first two, Republicans)– is its thoroughly bipolar nature.  At the confrontation point, are these guys going to master the fine print, honor their seriousness and determination, and push ahead … or are they going to duck?

(Stephen Crowley/The New York Times.  January 30, 2007.  Washington.

  • tina

    Looks tense. Going to war with Iran in a couple of months and nothin’ they can do about it besides pass some stinkin’ resolutions. And exactly what good will that do? That’s right.
    Reality is starting to sink in and they are just now starting to look serious and broody. Guys. It’s too late.
    It’s being tossed around that the kidnapped American soldiers were tortured and executed by Iranians. No proof offered. If this smear doesn’t work, they’ll come up with another and another until they get one that does, or maybe they’ll just give up on fabricating excuses and launch those bombers anyway.
    I’m sure during the Iranian hostage crisis in ‘79 Cheney and Rumsfeld felt we should have gone right to war with Iran, but Carter was President so no go. I’m too young to remember how loud the war drums beat. Anybody here remember?
    These guys looking mournful and, for once, united across party lines, ARE old enough to know better however. They should have known with whom they were dealing. I hear Rummy still has an office in the Pentagon :)
    Bipartisanship at last as the Titanic sinks, and the band plays Nearer My God to Thee. Good luck, old white dudes. I’m so outta here. I still have a permanent residence permit for Germany. Time to move on.

  • lowly grunt

    I read this picture in light of the MSM’s historical meme for who is the “tougher” party. Luger and Hagel are determined, forthright, active — apparently signing something out of eye shot, but doing something that they know they have to do.
    While Biden, in the background, has his finger to his lip in a “let’s see…” gesture. He may be as resolute in his decision as the other two, but his picture makes him look like the characteristic Democratic waffler.

  • Thirdeye Pushpin

    pensive senators
    writing notes during wartime
    What can they achieve?

  • demit

    lowly grunt, maybe Biden is just waiting till the other guys are finished so he can crib their notes. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

  • monsieurgonzo

    β€œIt is the job of Congress to rein in a rogue president…”
    -John F. McManus, President of The John Birch Society (!)

  • mugatea

    Oooh snap.
    I do believe Joe Biden is sporting a comb-over.

  • jtfromBC

    “Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil.”
    Or perhaps, “We three (Kings) wise men from……?”

  • Mad_nVT

    Biden has gone from being a “waffler” to being totally lost in a fog, after making some “unfortunate” (friggin awful) racist remarks about Senator Obama.
    Bye-bye Joe, your Presidential aspirations be done.

  • itwasntme

    Who cares. These guys are just powerless bloviating fools. This picture makes me want to throw custard pies in the Senate chamber.

  • readytoblowagasket

    duck, duck, goose.

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