August 21, 2006

Second time since 1860...

JunkYardblog notes this, from Lefty Kevin Drum...

[Beinart:]…we need to engage more energetically with the war on terror and criticize illiberal regimes more harshly.

Maybe so. But this is something that’s nagged at me for some time. On the one hand, I think Beinart is exactly right. For example, should I be more vocal in denouncing Iran? Sure. It’s a repressive, misogynistic, theocratic, terrorist-sponsoring state that stands for everything I stand against. Of course I should speak out against them.

And yet, I know perfectly well that criticism of Iran is not just criticism of Iran. Whether I want it to or not, it also provides support for the Bush administration’s determined and deliberate effort to whip up enthusiasm for a military strike....

Good thing he's not an American...why, he might feel a duty to support his country and its leaders in time of war! Fortunately he can concentrate on the real war, against George W Bush, and those insane barbarians who dare to claim that it's not 1973 any more.

What sickos the "core" Democrats are. It makes my blood boil to think of the 20th century, when Democrats led this country through war after bloody war, presiding over the deaths of hundreds-of-thousands of Americans, plus millions of our enemies, an flattening whole cities filled with millions of civilians. And what did the Republicans do? Why, we supported our country and its leaders in time of war, of course. We are Americans. Wilson or FDR or Truman or Johnson never had to worry that Republicans would vote against war appropriations, or undercut our troops, or demand that war be fought without casualties, or fought to lunatic standards of perfection and niceness. Or that we would convey with broad hints that our enemies should not waver, because we might win the next election and capitulate forthwith.

And now, for the second time since 1860, we have a Republican leading during a serious war. And what do the Democrats do? Betray their country of course. For the second time. (Or you could call it the third time, since leadership during the Vietnam War passed from Dems to Republicans. They betrayed us then too, in the very war they had got us into, and betrayed millions of Vietnamese to death or concentration camps.)

Posted by John Weidner at August 21, 2006 9:09 PM
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