WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle said Tuesday he would not retract his criticism of President Bush's diplomatic efforts on Iraq, despite criticism from the White House and top Republicans.It was Frist's comments that got my underoos in a twist.
"I don't know that anyone in this country could view what we've seen so far as a diplomatic success," said Daschle, D-South Dakota.
Daschle told unionized public employees Monday that he was "saddened that this president failed so miserably at diplomacy that we're now forced to war."
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tennessee, called Daschle's remarks "deeply disappointing" and "counterproductive."
"Our men and women literally are in a countdown before fighting is initiated and any remarks that their lives in some way have been compromised is irresponsible," Frist said.
It bothers... no, it annoys the shit out of me when I see someone admonishing people for speaking the truth, as they see it, simply because their opinions may be contrary to military actions - as if this is "irresponsible" because it may hurt our troops' morale.
Please. Daschle wasn't at a military "pep rally," was he? I don't think so. He was doing his duty, in my opinion.
If the United States Senate Minority Leader says that our President's poor diplomacy has lead to an unnecessary war, then maybe we should consider the possibility that the problem is with the President. Just a thought.
I mean, really, whatever happened to "Don't kill the messenger?"