The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Let's see... good of the nation or speaking fees... Hmmm...

Ahhhh, Rudy Giuliani. "America's Mayor." Not known for his management of New York in the wake of 9/11, but renowned for looking serious and determined right after it happened.

And, in his most blatant effort yet to demonstrate what a true-red Republican he is, well.... read on.

Rudolph Giuliani's membership on an elite Iraq study panel came to an abrupt end last spring after he failed to show up for a single official meeting of the group, causing the panel's top Republican to give him a stark choice: either attend the meetings or quit, several sources said.

Giuliani left the Iraq Study Group last May after just two months, walking away from a chance to make up for his lack of foreign policy credentials on the top issue in the 2008 race, the Iraq war.

He cited "previous time commitments" in a letter explaining his decision to quit, and a look at his schedule suggests why -- the sessions at times conflicted with Giuliani's lucrative speaking tour that garnered him $11.4 million in 14 months.

But wait-- isn't he a "fight 'em over there so we don't have to fight 'em here" kinda guy?
And doesn't that mean (by their own logic) that we have to succeed in Iraq to avoid more devastating attacks? Of course it does! But smarmy self-promotion and a big crash grab hung in the balance. Help resolve a $400 billion war that's killed more Americans than 9/11, or rake in a few million smackeroos? Yep. A Real Republican Hero, G.I. Uliani is the-e-ere! (80's kids will get that.)