Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Batman and Robin

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty....JFK

Here is what our two freedom loving U.S. senators are doing this week to honor the legacy of their party's greatest hero of the last 50 years, John F. Kennedy.

First, junior senator Barack Obama issued this positively Churchillian statement from the stately confines of the Hart Senate Office building in Washington. (We replaced the euphemisms).

The Senate today made clear today that the goal to withdraw our combat troops from Iraq should be March 31, 2008, the same target date in the Iraq De-escalation Act. No military solution to this war is possible — this additional funding must provide for the safe retreat of our troops. It is time to begin retreating our brave soldiers from Iraq, so they can turn their attention to other missions, and to pursue a process of political reconciliation that heals the region."
Meanwhile, at the adjacent Dirksen Senate building, after taking a similar hard-nosed stance toward our enemies in Iraq, senior senator Dick Durbin took aim at our most menacing threat — carbon. He issued a stinging press release calling for a National Intelligence Estimate to assess the security "challenges" of global warming.

For years, too many of us have viewed global warming as simply an environmental or economic issue. We now need to consider it as a security concern. Many of the most severe effects of global warming are expected in regions where fragile governments are least capable of responding to them. Failing to recognize and plan for the geopolitical consequences of global warming would be a serious mistake. This intelligence assessment will guide policymakers in protecting our national security and averting potential international crises.
Thank God we Illinoisans have these two brave warriors looking out for us.

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