March 17, 2003
The Benedict Arnold Award
Announcing the Benedict Arnold Award. Named in dishonor of America's most famous traitor, the "Benny" will be awarded to those Americans whose opposition to the war on terrorist nations goes beyond legitimate opposition to actually aiding--inadvertently or intentionally--the cause of those seeking to destroy the United States. Though it's doubtful Blogger affords enough bandwidth to accomodate a complete list of those meriting such an award, let's give it a shot.
The always "saddened" and "concerned" Tom Daschle made this reprehensible remark today:
I'm saddened ... saddened that this president failed so miserably at diplomacy that we're now forced to war.
The motive behind Daschle's comment is suspect considering that Congress twice voted to authorize the president to use military force in conducting the war on terrorist nations.
The first vote was cast on September 14, 2001 and broadly granted the president the authority "to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States." The second congressional authorization, passed on October 10, 2002, granted the president power to make war on Iraq should Saddam refuse to disarm as mandated by UN resolutions.
And Tom Daschle voted for both authorizations.
Daschle's statement today is not compatible with his voting record. And since his remark serves no purpose but to comfort Saddam Hussein and Saddam's French, German and terrorist allies, Sad Tom Daschle is richly deserving of the inaugural Benny Award.
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