January 22, 2007
Democrats on Iraq: Unserious, Infantile, Pusillanimous
The Democrats' performance on Iraq and the war on terror as the
so-called "loyal opposition" is nothing short of abysmal. At best, it is
naive, negligent and derelict. At worst, it is outright encouraging and
enabling of the enemy. (It may be necessary to remind Democrats, by the
way, that the enemy is not President Bush. That they even need
such reminding should tell you something.)
For whatever reasons, they are either unable or unwilling to offer
a thoughtful, mature alternative to what President Bush proposes.
Instead, they remain unserious about the true stakes involved, infantile
in their partisanship, and pusillanimous in their unwillingness to take
their position through to its logical outcome.
Unserious. Do Democrats really think that pulling out of Iraq
completely is magically going to make the place all roses and sunshine?
That Shiites and Sunnis will all hold hands and start singing "Kumbaya"
or a John Lennon peace ditty? If so, they've either been hitting their
leftover60s drug stash again or believe Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit
9/11" in which he invents a phony idyllic Iraq under Saddam that never
existed really is a documentary rather than fiction.
And even if we could somehow abandon Iraq and have things there
turn out OK, there is still the matter of the permanent and irreparable
damage such a welching would do to America's word in the future. We
would be telling the world we are not to be trusted to finish anything
we start. This would be devastating.
But does this even appear on the Democrats' radar screen? Do they
even care? Not enough to offer even a single alternative idea, which
they have failed to do from day one. Not once have they come up with
their own plan or policy - beyond flat-out retreat and/or surrender.
Even now, possessing a Congressional majority, which one would think
would force them to step up to the plate at least a little, they simply
snipe and undermine and otherwise assiduously avoid offering anything
constructive at all. Some of this is due to their leftover sore-loser
emotions of Florida 2000. This causes Democrats to oppose absolutely
everything Bush says and does, since in their minds he should never have
been President in the first place. But when you cannot put that aside
long enough to be responsible and serious, as it is your job to be, you
are being derelict in your duty.
Infantile. What other word can better describe an opposition that
amounts to little more than name-calling? The hatred begun by the
MoveOn.org types in the wake of Florida 2000 has become a disease that
has consumed and is ravaging the Democrats. Some of us like to call it
BDS: Bush Derangement Syndrome. It turns formerly intelligent and
honorable - although still wrong - liberals into raving lunatics,
bleating out the same substance-free catch-phrases over and over again.
(i.e. "Bush lied, people died!" etc. etc.) We're rapidly reaching the
point where 95 percent of the Democratic caucus could be replaced by
trained parakeets or cockatoos during floor debates and no one would be
able to tell the difference.
If Democrats truly wanted to win over the masses, they would stay
calm and mature. They would explain why Bush was wrong and offer a
constructive alternative, perhaps more than one. They would acknowledge
their own human limits and fallibility and be willing to adjust or
change if facts on the ground indicated their original premise was
incorrect. Most of all, they would put the best interest of the country
over their unbelievably childish hyper-partisanship. But like a
three-year-old in full-throated tantrum, all Democrats want to do is
point their finger and cry in a whiny know-it-all voice: "Nyaah, nyaah,
nyahh, you were wrong! You big stupid!" (Apologies in advance if this
comparison is an insult to the three-year-olds of America, who have a
legitimate excuse for their tantrums in that they really are three years
old and not just acting like it.)
Pusillanimous - Webster's dictionary defines the word as "marked
by a contemptible timidity; lacking courage and resolution." There
cannot be a more accurate description of the Democrats' high rhetorical
dudgeon against the Iraq war, blasting everything President Bush has
ever said or done, while gutlessly unable to muster anything but a
meaningless resolution against it. To say nothing of a single
alternative idea that could actually be implemented.
If Bush is so completely wrong all of the time, how can the
Democrats in good conscience not de-fund the war effort? And what
does it say that Democrats will go ahead with a surge plan they despise?
It's certainly not because they respect Bush, the presidency or its
constitutional prerogative vis-a-vis war-making. Every back-stabbing
word flying out of their despicable mouths belies that claim. No,
they're just too cowardly to be completely honest and put their jobs on
the line by taking an openly anti-American, defeatist position. (Of
course, anyone with two brain cells left to rub together should be able
to see right through this patently phony line of bull, but I digress.)
Instead, they'll try to have it both ways doing everything in their
power to tie down President Bush like so many Lilliputians did Gulliver,
then hypocritically blaming him for the results thereof - that they
deserves and, frankly, needs better "opposition" than this. There
is such a thing as honorable dissent and conscientious objection. But
the Democrats offer nothing close to that. Their utterly vacuous
resistance is staggeringly naive and irresponsible at best and could
well be outright lethal at worst. The price of their denial of the true
stakes involved and the effect of their ignorant (if not treasonous)
behavior, I fear, will be paid in bloodshed well beyond the horror of
9/11. And even if that occurs halfway around the world rather than on
the East Coast, it is a price far too high and one we cannot afford to
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