June 25, 2005


They Still Blame America First: The Democrats fall into the national security trap again. (Fred Barnes, 07/04/2005, Weekly Standard)

DEMOCRATS DON'T HAVE A DEATH wish. It just seems that way. What they actually have is a habit of falling into the national security trap. They did it in 1972. They did it in 1984. They did it in 1994. They did it in 2002. And they're doing it again this year as they prepare for the 2006 midterm elections, in which they hope to produce a breakthrough as sweeping and decisive as Republicans achieved in 1994.

The national security trap is simple. When faced with a choice between supporting or criticizing the use of military force along with a strong national security policy, Democrats often side with the critics. Which is how they fall into the trap, which leads to electoral defeat. When they back a vigorous defense of America's national security, however, the opposite happens. They usually win. Even when Democrats merely neutralize the national security issue--this happened in 1996 and 1998--or the issue is peripheral, they stand a good chance of winning.

Democrats could turn the issue to their favor if they had sense enough to argue that we've won and it's time to come home instead of running against the war and the military.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 25, 2005 9:45 AM

And then it'd be Nam all over again.

And both sides can say, "See! You didn't learn your lesson."

Posted by: Sandy P at June 25, 2005 12:09 PM

you forgot to list 1864.....

Posted by: Alan Anderson at June 25, 2005 2:52 PM

I just saw Democrat hack Bill Press on Fox arguing with absolute certainty, that we have lost the war and its time to cut and run.

OJ: I will be willing to discuss withdrawl from Iraq after we have withdrawn all of our troops from Germany and Korea.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at June 25, 2005 3:46 PM

Slightly OT. Watched a bit of Beat the Press here in Boston, a PBS show where journalists analyze the MSM's behaviour on recent stories. They concluded a) the Durbin comments were no big deal but the MSM allowed the VRWC (they actually said this) to run away with the story and b) the MSM has been remiss in not pushing the Gitmo torture story, the Downing Street memos, and the huge american casualties in Iraq enough. These people are definitely living in an alternate reality.

Posted by: AWW at June 25, 2005 4:13 PM

And how exactly would the behavior of someone who is actively working against the interests of the US differ from the behavior of these Boston news-toadies?

I'm not questioning their patriotism, mind you, because it appears they have no patriotism to question.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 25, 2005 10:01 PM

Remove Federal support from NPR and PBS for starters.

Posted by: Genecis at June 26, 2005 10:41 AM