Friday, January 12, 2007

defending my geeky congressman

I feel obligated to defend my geeky congressman, David Wu, who represents my district which I'm sure includes many Star Trek geeks. I suppose to someone who is unfamiliar with Star Trek and its races, Representative Wu's comments sound silly, but he was making a valid point. The chickenhawk Republicans (excluding Richard Armitage) who are advocating this war have no right, dignity, or honor to order 20,000 additional Americans into the battle.

Unfortunately, Wu's point is getting lost in his distracting and somewhat inaccurate metaphor. (Supposedly, Bush's Vulcans are named after a Roman god -- not a Star Trek race.) So here's his comments:

"Mr. Speaker, four years ago this administration took America to war in Iraq without adequate evidence. Since that time, the administration hasn't listened to the American people. It hasn't listened to our professional military. And it certainly hasn't listened to this congress.

You know, it's said of a prominant businessman in downtown Portland that he never listened to anybody. And that if he was ever drawn in a cartoon, he'd be drawn without ears. Now, this president has listened to some people the so-called Vulcans in the White House -- the idealogues. But you know, unlike the Vulcans of Star Trek who made the decisions based on logic and fact, these guys make it on idealogy. These aren't Vulcans. They're Klingons in the White House. But unlike the real Klingons of Star Trek, these Klingons have never fought a battle of their own. Don't let faux Klingons send real Americans to war. It's wrong. . . . "

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