The House debate on their “Iraq resolution” has nothing to do with an Iraq policy. It’s only about politics. Big hat tip to Think Progress. They got Boehner’s memo and it’s posted on their site. TP also summarized the key points:
1. Exploit 9/11. The two page memo mentions 9/11 seven times. It describes debating Iraq in the context of 9/11 as imperative.
2. Attack opponents ad hominem. The memo describes those who opposes President Bushs policies in Iraq as sheepish, weak, and prone to waver endlessly.
3. Create a false choice. The memo says the decision is between supporting President Bushs policies and hoping terrorist threats will fade away on their own.
This is a crass, craven bunch. The GOP only has one playbook — exploit and attack. It’s worked for them before. Again, we ask, are the Democrats ready?