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Saturday, June 28, 2008
"It would be generous to say we were stunned," says a Republican House Judiciary Member, describing his response when Congressman and Obama Superdelegate William Delahunt (MA-10) yesterday asked the vice president's chief of staff David Addington about water boarding of terrorists. Addington declined to comment, citing President Bush's refusal to discuss techniques used to attain vital intelligence, and added that another reason not to respond was that Al Qaeda is probably watching.

Congressman Delahunt's response: "I'm glad they finally have a chance to see you." (Emphasis added.)

But the House Republican and Judiciary member was not so stunned to notice that no Republican rose to defend Addington, or to call out Delahunt for essentially inviting al Qaeda to impart physical harm to a senior member of the Bush Administration. "It was shameful that we didn't do anything. I can't explain it," says the GOP member.


"You have to understand, guys like Delahunt, really all of the Democrats here, don't care about winning the war against the terrorists, or keeping us safe. They might have cared after 9/11, but now they are ruled by the radical left. All they care about now is putting the Americans who put in place the policies that have kept us safe for seven years on trial. The terrorists just don't matter to this crowd," says a former Department of Justice lawyer.

The "on trial" stuff is correct -- politically, and even, in certain fever-swamps, such as the unaccredited left-activist "Massachusetts School of Law," legally, with the hanging of Bush and top administration officials gleefully contemplated by neo-Leninist ideologues who in other contexts probably consider Amerika's use of the death penalty one of its premier human rights violations.

But getting back to Congress -- the Delahunts of the world show in such unguarded moments that they don't just want to ignore al Qaeda and try Bush administration figures: they want an even playing field between al Qaeda and the United States. At least.

We've been here before. How many of you remember the House Democratic left's "Dear Comandante" letter to the Sandinista leadership in the mid-1980s? They didn't just oppose U.S. aid to the Contras on general pacifist grounds, or because they thought the Contras were bad guys. They opposed it because they thought the Contras might in fact unseat the Sandinistas.

Question their patriotism? Joe Sobran, with whom I agreed back in those days a lot more than I do now, penned a classic column on this. I don't have it, but permit me to paraphrase from memory:

"Question your patriotism, Congressman? Of course not. It never occurred to me that you had any. It never occurred to me that you wanted to be thought of as having any."