January 3, 2006

THE ONLY GOOD ISLAMICIST IS A DEAD ONE:

HOW THE DEMS SAVED BUSH (Dick Morris, January 3, 2006, NY Post)

Why do majorities support the Patriot Act and NSA wiretapping but oppose the war in Iraq? Because the true swing voters in politics today are isolationists, who vote with the left on Iraq and with the right on homeland security.

It is impossible to understand politics today without grasping the essential power of isolationism in our political community. The voters who rate Bush's performance in Iraq negatively or who call for a pullout are not, in the main, dedicated liberals or even Democrats. Rather, they're marching to the beat of a drummer never stilled in our political music — the desire for the rest of the world to go away.


Isolationism, or, better, non-interventionism, is always the default position in a democracy, though the peculiar Crusader State mentality of America makes us more susceptible to embark upon humanitarian interventionism, especially when it's dressed up in Jacksonian preventive war lingo. With Osama dead, Saddam captured, liberalization proceeding apace in the Middle East, and no follow-up attacks to 9-11, Americans are understandably ready for a lull in the WoT, at least until the next incident. But, at the same time, there's no measure you could undertake, directed against terrorists/Islamicists, that they wouldn't support so long as it doesn't involve boots on the ground.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 3, 2006 8:27 AM
Comments

If Morris is correct disengaging from Iraq through troop reductions should help Bush and not the Dems.

Posted by: AWW at January 3, 2006 1:32 PM

Isolationism hasn't been the majority position since Taft's loss and Pat Buchanan's miserable showing only confirms its continuing minority status.

Posted by: jd watson [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 3, 2006 8:05 PM
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