The Iraq War Is Not Michael Jordan

We can hope to stop -- and at least contain -- the Iraq mess President Bush has gotten us into. In fact, Kennedy has just gone and done it...
Back in the 1990s when I was a huge NBA fan, they used to say about Michael Jordan: "you can't stop him, you can only hope to contain him." Except for people like Nancy Pelosi, Jack Murtha, Ted Kennedy [who just delivered an impassioned speech introducing legislation to block Bush's surge HERE], and a few others, the Washington Democrats, Republicans and the pundit class are all saying as much about the Iraq War - but actually they are saying worse, that we can't even contain it. Sen. Joe Biden (D-MBNA) said as much this Sunday, as did Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD). The Washington Post's Dana Milbank basically said it as a matter of fact on Keith Olbermann's show last night. They all are basically saying that Congress simply "can't" stop funding for President Bush's military escalation, even though, last I checked, the Constitution gives the U.S. Congress the power of the purse, and there are very obvious ways to use that power without putting troops in harm's way.
David Sirota is a veteran political strategist and author of Hostile Takeover, a New York Times bestseller about the corruption of both political parties.
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