It takes a big man to admit he made a mistake. It takes an even bigger man to admit he was fooled by a retarded chimp. Washington State Representative Norm Dicks is such a man. Like Sen. John Kerry and Rep. Jack Murka before him, Dicks has joined a growing list of Democrats who despite being intellectually superior to Republicans, have suddenly realized they were misled by a man who can’t even eat a pretzel without seriously injuring himself.
In the months leading up to Bush’s headlong rush to war, many prominent democrats were mesmerized by bogus intelligence and tricked into supporting the war at a time when it would have been a political kick in the groin not to. Now, as Bush’s poll numbers are plummeting and Americans are increasingly turning against the occupation, Dicks thrusts himself into the media spotlight with his call for a premature withdrawal from Iraq - save for a small handful of “advisors” who will remain behind to insure a Mogadishu-style outcome politically beneficial to all parties involved. In a darker, less enlightened era, Dicks’ sudden reversal would have been called “flip-flopping” or “limp-wristed waffling”. But today, we know it as something else: Courage.
I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of Norm Dicks. As Bush’s numbers continue to slide and we draw closer to the 2006 elections, Dicks will continue to speak out against this pointless and illegal war for oil. And Congressman Norm Dicks will be right there beside them.