Catch-22. But that was fiction, right?

May 24, 2007 by susan
Yosarrian at the helm

This from LeftyMn:

"I believe as long as we have troops in the front line, we're going to have to protect them," said Sen. Joseph Biden (news, bio, voting record), D-Del. "We're going to have to fund them."

"We cannot and will not abandon the Iraqis to be butchered by these terrorists in their midst," said Rep. David Dreier (news, bio, voting record), R-Calif. "And we cannot and will not abandon our mission just as real progress is starting to be made." More.

There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.

"That's some catch, that Catch-22," he [Yossarian] observed.

"It's the best there is," Doc Daneeka agreed.

Catch-22, Joseph Heller

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pauL Miller (not verified) | May 25, 2007 - 9:11am

Klobuchar's Washinton office: 202 224 - 3244, no policy statement on the rationale of her vote, geez pretty big vote not be able to tell your constituents why you voted to continue funding George and Dick's excellent adventure, I was informed I could call her office back later - Amy is busy, busy, ya know?

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David Rogde (not verified) | May 26, 2007 - 12:56pm

Maybe not such a bad vote, a politicaly practical vote to be sure_in spite of low public support for the war, their is even lower support for congress to stop funding at this time. Congress will be much more in the driver seat in September when refunding will be needed, the president will have been forced to change course, ownership of the war will be clear, and a practical direction to protect our troops will finally be taken. It's all horrible...young americans dying for the careers and egos of politicians and generals, we will probably lose in excess of a 100 soldiers this month, just because Greorge is not ready to let go of his grandiose hopes.

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Barbara aka Babs (not verified) | May 29, 2007 - 6:40am

David, I really, really, really hope you're right. Because when I got home and discovered the Dems had caved on the funding (and pretty much everything in MN in the face of TPaw's gamesmanship), I got the creepy-crawlies about the ghost of elections yet to come. And I have yet to hear a positive statement about Amy. That said, I saw that Tim Walz, voted to continue funding, which gives me a wee bit of hope that all is not lost. I trust him to do the right thing. And given that I don't have a rep in the House, he's my main man.

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