Here's how McConnell gets going before ever being questioned:
"...get serious about providing funding for the troops. The surrender date needs to come out."At this point Siegel awakes from his coma to say, "Surrender date, we should say, is your characterization of the withdrawal date." That's a good start, and - ever the foolish optimist - I assumed that Siegel would maintain a polite, but critical stance since McConnell was clearly using the airtime to make a belligerent push for the Bushist line on Iraq. Instead Siegel meekly lets McConnell forge ahead:
"...what is unacceptable is any kind of surrender date."
"...any kind of date that indicates to the terrorists on the other side...you get to win..."
"...withdrawal date is same as surrender."If this were a debate, one might say that McConnell just wiped the floor with Siegel, but he doesn't seem to mind. Let me suggest a that Siegel dare interject a little reality into his next interview when confronted with this kind of rubbish. He could have made any of the following comments:
"..none of us are satisfied with the Iraqi performance...our patience is not endless...effort to stay on offense from the beginning..."
"...it’s no secret, al-Qaeda is in Iraq."
"...this is the same gang that hit us on 9/11; it’s no accident that we haven’t been attacked again since 9/11 because we’ve been on offense."
"...this is the same crowd that killed 3,000 Americans..."
"...we need to stay after them or they’ll be back here."
"Actually withdrawal is not surrender, that is your way of framing it."Yes, he could have asked these questions, but that would require a passion for truth and a sense of integrity. Instead Siegel just allows McConnell to run on and on with one pathetic little whimper of "some would say this is essentially a locally led group that applied for and got the franchise for al-Qaeda." That's it? Good God, you'd think people like Siegel would have learned to be more rigorous with these Bush apologists after being stooges for them in the initial run-up to and launch of this disaster in Iraq.
"You say patience is not endless, but you want endless funding of the war."
"There was no al-Qaeda in Iraq until the US invaded and completely failed to secure the borders and committed many attrocities that attracted recruits to al-Qaeda."
"Actually, there are many studies showing that being "on offense" has swelled the ranks of al-Qaeda and that Iraq has given them the best training they've had since fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan."
"Can you produce any proof of your conclusion that "they'll be back here" if we're not in Iraq?"