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That's how you frame Republicans who support the Iraqi government's amnesty for insurgents plan.  

The evil NeoCON masters of the Bush Administration never decoupled the terrorists in Iraq from the insurgency caused by our invasion of Iraq.  Fighting in Iraq has always been framed as fighting the terrorists.

Bush's Iraq Quagmire is getting curiouser and curiouser - victory for American in Iraq, and victory for the insurgents, err terrorists in Iraq at the same time.

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I doubt Bush can get away with selling amnesty for the killers of U.S. troops to his political base.  Bush still retains support from some of his base in part because he was going to fight `the evil doers' in the sands of Iraq until victory.  To say the price of peace in Iraq now includes amnesty for those who've killed 2,500+ Americans and wounded another 20,000 is not going to wash with Bush supporters.  It's too late for Bush to explain that there really is a difference between the home grown Iraqi insurgency and al Qaeda.  Maybe Bush can ask Congressman Murtha for help on that point.  I suspect any peace bump Bush might anticipate would be undercut by the ranting, righty base turning their backs on cut and run George.    

It's going to be interesting to see how this al-Maliki political proposal for Iraq is going to play out in American politics.  In terms of finding a way to get out of Iraq it is a realistic way of dealing with the facts on the ground that makes sense.  

But Bush and his NeoCON, RepublicSCUM backers can't smear enough lipstick on what has to be viewed as a pig of a proposal by the right wing base.  The canard of `victory in Iraq' isn't going to work on the righty warmongers if victory includes amnesty.  

Meanwhile Harold Ford is running an ad down here in Tennessee blasting the notion of `amnesty for terrorists' (Harold it's for insurgents).  Russ Feingold took a shot at the proposal on Meet The Press.  It's was a way for the Senator to score political points. However, if one's just made a proposal in the Senate to get out of Iraq in a year, then that suggests the Senator was already prepared to leave the issue of amnesty up to the Iraqis.

It's best to let Bush and the RepublicSCUMS struggle with this paradox of `victory' created by their deceitful Iraq policy.  I do not want the Democrats to launch too strong of an attack on this political conundrum.  Let the Republics swallow this bitter compromise and get out of Iraq.  Then Democrats can blame the Republicans for letting the Iraqi insurgents get away with murder after the fact.  Too strong a Democrat attack against amnesty at this time might prolong the war.  The easy political capital gained by attacking Bush for even entertaining the idea of amnesty is not worth the consequence of prolonging the war.  

Peace with dishonor (to flip the old Nixon phrase) looks to be the best Bush can expect from his Iraq misadventure. Democrats should remind the voters amnesty is indeed a way out, but for Bush and the Republicans it is Peace with dishonor.  

Originally posted to deepsouthdoug on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 04:39 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    slothlax

    'Events are in the saddle and ride mankind.' Emerson

    by deepsouthdoug on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 04:38:08 AM PDT

  •  Ummmm (1+ / 0-)
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    Lepanto

    There is no amnesty plan. It got deep-sixed.

    It will no doubt recur - it is necessary - but not until after the election.

    Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction. - Pascal

    by Clem Yeobright on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 04:40:51 AM PDT

    •  Not correct assumption according to WaPo today (1+ / 0-)
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      Iraqi Leader Outlines Plan for Reconciliation Amnesty Offered in Effort to Curb Violence

      By Joshua Partlow and Bassam Sebti
      Washington Post Staff Writers
      Monday, June 26, 2006; Page A17

      BAGHDAD, June 25 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Sunday invited insurgents to lay down their weapons and join the political process, promising an amnesty for opponents who have not been involved in acts of terrorism.

      It probably will be deep sixed, but lets rip some flesh off of Bush and his criminal pals until it is tossed over the side of the Iraqi ship of state.  

      "All wars must come to an end, and the hostility has to be replaced by reconciliation," Khalilzad said. "We understand the need for an amnesty."

      The political fur is flying, but it is not yet deep sixed.  Frame Bush and the Republicans with 'Peace with dishonor' as long as it's on the table.    

      'Events are in the saddle and ride mankind.' Emerson

      by deepsouthdoug on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 04:57:27 AM PDT

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      •  How interesting! (0+ / 0-)

        So that is the WaPo's take on the matter.

        Of course, this all began last Friday when the London Times reported Maliki would offer a 28-point plan for reconciliation on Sunday, including amnesty and a schedule for US withdrawal.

        On Saturday, the same organ reported that the insurgents had rejected this proposal.

        Here is the London Times report after the Sunday presentation by Maliki

        The text was, however, a watered down version of the document shown to The Times on Thursday. Iraq’s presidency council and representatives from the Shia ruling coalition cut the document from 28 to 24 articles on Saturday night, said Faisal Abdullah, a spokesman for Khalid al-Attiyah, the Shia deputy speaker.

        Noticeably missing from the final draft was a call for the Government to recognise the difference between resistance and terrorist groups and a written invitation for resistance groups to join a national dialogue.

        The new wording reads only: “To adopt a credible national dialogue in dealing with all the different views and political positions that are opposing the views and positions of the Government and the political powers . . .”

        This has been diaried a dozen times since Friday . . .

        [LePanto notes below that the NYT sees the matter differently from the WaPo and similarly to the LT]

        Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction. - Pascal

        by Clem Yeobright on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 05:14:03 AM PDT

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        •  It's a diary on how to frame it (0+ / 0-)

          Who made you the arbiter of what one should write a diary about?  I didn’t see a diary with this perspective – and there’s no cut and paste filler in it.  

          Ummmm....You are wrong to assert that amnesty has in fact been deep sixed. That hasn't happened.    

          'Events are in the saddle and ride mankind.' Emerson

          by deepsouthdoug on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 05:28:41 AM PDT

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          •  Easy there! Didn't and don't mean to offend (0+ / 0-)

            and I never suggested you delete this diary.

            It is indeed interesting that WaPo files this report and that CNN is making a big deal of 'amnesty' this morning.

            Many of us were hoping and expecting there would be some genuine move towards resolution of the war this weekend, but the statements reported by the LT on Saturday (linked above) seem to have changed things. Amnesty is a sine qua non of a resolution in Iraq, but apparently it's time has not yet come.

            I hope you followed my links, as I did yours. As I note below, for all the hooplah of its headline the WaPo article also comes down to 'amnesty for anyone who hasn't committed a crime' - that is a bushian (and orwellian?) concept in my book.

            Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction. - Pascal

            by Clem Yeobright on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 05:38:38 AM PDT

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  •  Amnesty sheepdipped (1+ / 0-)
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    http://www.nytimes.com/...

    Al-Maliki might be Premier somewhere, but certainly neither in the Green Zone nor the Red Zone.

    we're shocked by a naked nipple, but not by naked aggression

    by Lepanto on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 04:51:12 AM PDT

    •  Looks like bush got his own text inserted (0+ / 0-)

      into Maliki's plan, since it appears Maliki is offering amnesty to anybody who has not committed a crime - who else but the chimperor could have come up with that formulation? LOL

      Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction. - Pascal

      by Clem Yeobright on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 05:17:04 AM PDT

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  •  What's so controversial about amnesty? (1+ / 0-)
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    Just about all wars that end include amnesty.  Following WWII, we didn't prosecute all of the hundreds of thousands of German and Japanese soldiers.  Refusal to consider amnesty is a prescription for never ending war.

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