David Gregory presses spineless Dick Durbin for Plan B if air campaign in Iraq doesn’t work

If David Gregory did his job like this all the time, maybe people wouldn’t be buzzing about whether he was going to lose it.

davidgregory0410Taking an unusually hard-nosed stance, the “Meet the Press” host on Sunday grilled Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin over what President Obama’s responsibilities really are for the undeniable growth of terrorism during his years in the Oval Office.

“Is the problem that the Obama administration — wanting to be something other than President Bush – got out of the business of confronting terrorism on a big, global scale and just dealt with it in a more limited way?” Gregory asked. “Is it an under-reaction to the terrorist threat?”

Durbin, of course, wanted no part of that question and tried to change the subject to George W. Bush and the timetable of his administration for a withdrawal from Iraq. But Gregory showed surprising tenacity.

”I’m talking about the terrorist threat!” he said. “I’m talking about fighting terrorism.”

Durbin’s eventual answer, such as it was, was disquieting.

“We need to be certain that what we do has surgical precision and clear goals of success,” he blathered.

Gregory wasn’t put off.  What if the terrorism currently engulfing the country of Iraq — where the United States had achieved at least a partial victory that George Bush handed off to a feckless successor — is not halted by a “limited air campaign?”

“Escalation is not in the cards,” Durbin answered.

In other words, there is no Plan B.

No one, no matter how many straw men the Democrats and the president put up, thinks the United States should be involved in every battle, everywhere, for every worthy cause. But it would be nice to know at least that those battles were being carefully chosen.

Check out Gregory’s unusually aggressive questioning, and Durbin’s spiritless response here.

And remember this guy’s in the majority party of the world’s most powerful country.

Until November, anyway.

H/T: Daily Caller

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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