November 30, 2005


White flag Democrats (Max Boot, November 30, 2005, LA Times)

AND THE DEMOCRATS wonder why they are considered weak on national security? It's not because anyone doubts their patriotism. It's because a lot of people doubt their judgment and toughness.

As if to prove the skeptics right, Democrats have been stepping forth to renounce their previous support for the liberation of Iraq even as Iraqis prepare to vote in a general election. Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, John Kerry, John Edwards, John Murtha — that's quite a list of heavyweight flip-floppers.

Clinton characteristically wants to have it both ways. He says the invasion was a "big mistake" but that we shouldn't pull out now because "there's a lot of evidence it can still work." (You mean, Mr. President, that we should continue sacrificing soldiers for a mistake?) The others are more consistent. Because they now think the war is wrong, they favor a withdrawal, the only question being whether we should pull out sooner (Murtha) or slightly later (Kerry).

There are some honorable exceptions to this defeatism — Joe Lieberman, Hillary Clinton and Wesley Clark have remained stalwart supporters of the war effort — but they are clearly in the minority of a party steadily drifting toward Howard Dean-George McGovern territory.

Let's be fair, the Democrats are quite uninterested in the war itself and just see it as a nice rhetorical way to exercise their deranged hatred of President Bush. After all, given a chance to vote to end the war, they did nearly all join the 403 in the majority, not the 3 in the minority.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 30, 2005 12:05 AM

"It's not because anyone doubts their patriotism"

Really?? The "deranged hatred" of Bush is your (OJ) preferred explanation, but some of the most vicious hatred is incited by Bush's unwillingness to allow the US to take an obsequious position to the UN and European countries. That would seem to be a good immitation of unpatriotic.

Posted by: h-man at November 30, 2005 11:36 AM

Even if the cause was totally worthwhile, a botched execution can bring disaster. What we actually have is a botched execution and a demoralized country. Still a very bad result and Bush is to blame.

In order to appear strong on security, pro-war Democrats need to provide a strong alternative and point out the specific defects of Bush's approach. So far, their critique is still developing. It would help if they had a much stronger record of such before 2005, but they can still be ready for the 2006 elections.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at November 30, 2005 5:23 PM

The execution is always botched, then we win anyway and everyone looks back and marvels how easy it was. Remember, war is just a program of big government--it can never be efficient.

Posted by: oj at November 30, 2005 5:43 PM

The U.S. is "demoralized" ?

There may be pockets of defeatism, but I don't see ANY evidence that the country as a whole is demoralized.

Anyway, what would we have to be demoralized ABOUT ?

Posted by: Michael Herdegen [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 1, 2005 5:23 AM