Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Jeffords Out in '06

Senator Jim Jeffords will not seek re-election in 2006. An April 7 article by Valley News provides insight as to why this is not a bad thing.

Sen. Jeffords on the War in Iraq:

“I think it was all done to get oil,” Jeffords said of invading Iraq. “And the loss of life that we had, and the cost of it, was to me just a re-election move, and they're going to try to live off it. Probably start another war, wouldn't be surprised, next year. Probably in Iran.”

“Do you think that's likely?” VPR host Bob Kinzel asked.

“I probably shouldn't even talk on it, I just feel so bitter about the thinking that's gone on behind them, and the reasons they go to war and went to war,” Jeffords replied. “But I feel very strongly that they are looking ahead, and that there will be an opportunity to go into Iran and try to get their son elected president. I don't know, but you do it each time they (are) going to have a new president. I’m very, very (Jeffords chuckles). Oh, well, I better be quiet.”

Jefford's spokesman Eric Smulson's defense of Jefford's comments:

“Certainly, this is a theory that has been pretty well discussed in numerous circles, that Iran potentially will be the next battleground, and that Jeb Bush is certainly considered a possibility in '08,” Smulson said.

Iran may well end up being another front in the War on Terror and yes, Jeb Bush may consider a run for the White House in '08, but neither have been proven to be anything more than speculation, nor have they been proven to be linked to each other in any way. Only time will tell whether either will come to pass.

It is especially appalling that Sen. Jeffords and his spokesman chose to link two unrelated pieces of speculation together into a Bush War for Oil/Election scenario. Our representatives in Congress are elected to deal with real world issues not half-baked conspiracy theories. If that's all Jeffords has left in the tank, it is better for everyone if he stays home. Here's hoping the people of Vermont take this into consideration at the polls in '06 and make a change for the better.

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