Newt Gingrich is a disagreeable man in the worst sense of “disagreeable.” He set the stage that Carl Rove, an equally despicable political operative, exploited to create the current childish legislative stalemate in
As Speaker of the House, Gingrich was the first Republican leader to threaten to shut the government down if he didn’t get his way at budget time. Fortunately, President Clinton called the speaker’s bluff and he backed off. Later, Gingrich led the impeachment troops against
Clinton in an effort to persuade people that
lying about some casual sex acts constituted “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Even
some of his closest allies couldn’t stomach going along with that line of nonsense.
|The geezer agrees with a thoroughly disagreeable pol|
The geezer has difficulty finding any area of agreement with Gingrich. But this week I found myself in complete agreement with no less than five public statements by the failed Congressman and presidential candidate. Gingrich does not want the
to enter the Syrian civil war with military action. In interviews with
reporters and on the internet, he said:
* The recent atrocities in
Syria and those that have taken
place over the past two years are deplorable and inhuman. Before bombing Syria over the
regime’s latest crimes, however, we should stand back and ask, “And then what?
* A brief bombing campaign in
might make the U.S.
and its allies feel like they are doing something, but it will prove nothing.
It is unlikely to tip the scales in the civil war to favor the rebels. I agree.
* Both sides in
Syria are bad. One is a brutal
dictator, and the other includes radical Islamists and terrorists who are
dangerous now and who would be brutal in power if given the chance. I agree.
* We will not be able to spend the time, money, and blood needed to create a desirable outcome in
Syria. There is no victory to be
had there. I agree.
* Conflicts in
Egypt, and Libya are small threats compared with the
disaster that could ensue and the lives that would be endangered if Iran succeeds
in its drive for nuclear weapons. We should focus on the truly big threat
instead of the headlines of the day or we will face much worse headlines in the
future. I agree.
Haven’t we learned enough about the tremendous and unsustainable costs of removing minor despots in the
East? Mr. President, this is no time for an ego trip to show how
tough you can be. Sit back and ask, “And then what?”