A response from Sherrod Brown

On Monday I asked three questions of my Congresscritters, the liberal troika of Representative Betty Sutton (D-OH), Senator George Voinovich (R-OH), and Senator Sherrod Brown(D-MoveOn.org):

  1. Will you condemn MoveOn.org’s full-page ad slandering General David Petraeus as “General Betray Us” and claiming that he is “cooking the books for the White House”? See http://pol.moveon.org/petraeus.html
  2. Are America and political Islam (a.k.a. “sharia”) at war? If so, should America seek to achieve anything more than dismantling al Qaeda and capturing/killing Osama bin Laden?
  3. Should America forcibly crush and discredit political Islam (a.k.a. “sharia”) while preserving individual Muslims’ right to worship peacefully? If so, how? If not, what will the consequences be for America?

As I predicted, Senator Sherrod Brown replied first.

Dear Mr. [omitted]:
Thank you for sharing your views on the testimony of General Petraeus and our military involvement in Iraq.
The government has lost his focus on the war on terror. I am concerned about the long term and open ended commitments proposed in the hearing, especially when our troops are in harm’s way without the equipment they need. Both Republicans and Democrats posed difficult questions during the 9/10/07 and 9/11/07 hearings at which General Petraeus testified. I believe it was their solemn obligation to do so, and that General Petraeus was prepared for a candid, hard hitting and thorough inquiry.
I will continue to provide support to our troops and, work for their redeployment as soon as safely possible.
Thank you again for writing.
Sincerely,
Sherrod Brown

Can anybody make heads or tails of this? This has got to be a canned reply from some staffer. If Sherrod Brown actually wrote this, then I’m apparently being represented by an idiot. This is no reply at all, but then I’m not the only one having a hard time pinning Slippery Sherrod down.
Henry Payne has it right:


Update: I just sent the following message to Senator Brown’s office through his web site.

On Monday I asked you to answer the following three questions:

  1. Will you condemn MoveOn.org’s full-page ad slandering General David Petraeus as “General Betray Us” and claiming that he is “cooking the books for the White House”? See http://pol.moveon.org/petraeus.html
  2. Are America and political Islam (a.k.a. “sharia”) at war? If so, should America seek to achieve anything more than dismantling al Qaeda and capturing/killing Osama bin Laden?
  3. Should America forcibly crush and discredit political Islam (a.k.a. “sharia”) while preserving individual Muslims’ right to worship peacefully? If so, how? If not, what will the consequences be for America?

You sent me this canned reply:
“The government has lost his focus on the war on terror. I am concerned about the long term and open ended commitments proposed in the hearing, especially when our troops are in harm’s way without the equipment they need. Both Republicans and Democrats posed difficult questions during the 9/10/07 and 9/11/07 hearings at which General Petraeus testified. I believe it was their solemn obligation to do so, and that General Petraeus was prepared for a candid, hard hitting and thorough inquiry.”
You didn’t even attempt to answer my questions. I’m giving you another opportunity to do so now.

Let’s see what Slippery Sherrod does.

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  1. hipotecas

    Osama is Laughing
    After Osama bin Laden attacked America on 9/11 he laughed at what he thought was a great accomplishment. Then we blasted Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Osama was not laughing; he was in despair. So what did we do? We let him slip away at Tora Bora which brought him laughter again. When we removed our troops from Afghanistan and brought them to Iraq, he must have split his sides laughing.
    Every 9/11 since then has been a day of laughter and joy to Osama. But none so much as yesterday’s and today’s hearings featuring General Petraeus. Essentially, Petraeus said and is saying that we should stay the course and fight in Iraq. Just what Osama was “praying” for. He wants a war of civilizations and we are presenting it to him.
    Carlos Menéndez
    http://www.creditomagazine.es