Carol Platt Liebau: The Democrats' National Security Trap

Monday, December 19, 2005

The Democrats' National Security Trap

John McIntyre of Real Clear Politics speculates that the Democrats have been lured into a national security trap of their own making. In my view, he's totally right.

Americans are sensible people. They know that in war, mistakes and misjudgments sometimes occur -- but if errors must happen, they infinitely prefer a bias in favor of protecting Americans rather than the people who might want to kill us. Unfortunately for the Democrats, their hatred of President Bush has led too many of them to criticize every aspect of his efforts to fight terror -- and thus reinforced their image as weak on defense and soft on terror.

Obviously, that problem won't be helped by the Democrats' cowardly and calculating decision to take no official position on the big issue of the day -- the war in Iraq (and, by extension, the war on terror), as I point out today in my weekly column.


Blogger COPioneer said...

Carol, I'm surprised at you. Just this morning on the radio I heard Harry Reid saying that the Democratic strategy is "a change of course on Iraq", and "getting their house in order". If that ain't a plan, I guess I better find a better definition of what "is" is.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

Unfortunately for the Republicans in the 90s, their hatred of President Clinton led many of them to criticize every aspect of his efforts to fight the slaughter of entire villages of men and boys and the rapes of their wives and daughters in the former Yugoslavia.

"The President now needs to show leadership, consistently and with great clarity, from devising an exit strategy to developing favorable rules of engagement, from defining the criteria of success to detailing the timetables of operations. We have learned the hard way in this country that muddled military missions lacking clear leadership hurt our national credibility while putting our troops in harm's way."

-Representative Tom Delay (R-TX)

"This is President Clinton's war, and when he falls flat on his face, that's his problem."

-Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN)

"My job as majority leader is be supportive of our troops, try to have input as decisions are made and to look at those decisions after they're made ... not to march in lock step with everything the president decides to do."

-Senator Trent Lott (R-MS)

"You can support the troops but not the president"

-Representative Tom Delay (R-TX)

"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is."

-Governor George W. Bush (R-TX)

This, of course, was followed by an impeachment. For lying about a blowjob, not for (arrogantly and unnecessarily) subverting the Constitution . Let's get on it!

3:57 PM  

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