Carol Platt Liebau: Despicable

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Despicable

Where will it end? It's not enough that some Democrats actually wanted to deny the democratically-elected prime minister of Iraq the opportunity to address the U.S. Congress.

Now, Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean has called Prime Minister al-Maliki an anti-Semite. It's a real shift for the party of Bill Clinton, who courted Yasser Arafat (a real anti-Semite) so assiduously for eight years -- for nothing.

Democrats hate President Bush. That's their prerogative. But even people who hate the President should be hoping that the U.S. will succeed in Iraq, for the Iraqis' sake and for ours. Name-calling and personal attacks on its leader are counterproductive to what should be the bipartisan goal of establishing a stable, democratic Iraq; it only highlights the lack of commitment on the part of Dean and his ilk to actually ensuring that the job gets done.

As Dan Senor points out, there are some delicate internal strategic reasons that prevent the prime minister from coming out with a full throated endorsement of Israel -- even if he wanted to. Howard Dean and the Democrats may not be aware of them. But what's even worse is that they may well be aware of them . . . and simply not care.

Would Dean toss around such language about any other country's leader? Given that he's a nut, maybe so. But his attitude is revealing of a certain dismissive contempt toward the Iraq leadership that others on his side seem to manifest, as well. The other day, on the Imus show, Chris Matthews was complaining about al-Maliki, and made some reference to the point that "we put him there" (that is, in power). These people seem to think that the Iraq leaders are somehow our vassals, whom we can treat as we please.

They're not. They're leaders of a sovereign country and entitled to our respect -- and our admiration for their courage. What's more, the United States didn't "put"
al-Maliki anywhere . . . the Iraq people did. We just helped to create the necessary antecedents for their doing so.

12 Comments:

Blogger HouseOfSin said...

Wow - that's just foolish. For someone who owes his ascendancy to the internet as he does, Dean betrays an astonishing ignorance of the speed of such news.

Just - wow.

10:40 AM  
Blogger JillMartin said...

Thanks, Howard Dean. Iraqi's PM ties to Iran and Hezbollah should be made public.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

When will Howie "I prescribe my own meds" Dean condemn the rampant and blatant anti-semitism of the UN? What a flamin' hypocrit. Typical of his party.

12:40 PM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

The message is clear - it is not Hezbollah or Al Queda who are the enemy. It is the Democrats and the left.

Well, if that's how you guys feel, then I suggest you act on your beliefs.

1865 anyone?

3:15 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Time to take back this country from the Unitary Dictator and his loyal followers.

3:52 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

You and what army?

6:07 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

It's simple. Any success in Iraq will be credited to George Bush. The Democrats simply cannot have that.

6:40 PM  
Blogger JillMartin said...

The illusion of freedom
July 19, 2006 8:56 AM / The Rant .

By DOUG THOMPSON

A longtime friend, a career soldier and flag officer, returned home from Iraq recently and said that, sadly, he is thinking of retiring, something he can easily do at this point in his career.

After a record of service that extends from Vietnam to Panama to Desert Storm and, finally, to the invasion of Iraq, he says the will to serve his country is gone.

"This country used to stand for things that meant something," he said. "Not now. Honor, justice, loyalty, pride: None of these words have any meaning now."

As we sat down for lunch, I noticed a change. My friend could always look you in the eye and argue passionately about the need to use military force to defend democracy. No longer. He couldn't make eye contact. He looked down mostly and spoke in hushed, apologetic tones.

"We've destroyed their country," he said of the Iraqis. "We've turned it into a hellhole."

He talked of thousands of Iraqis fleeing the country each day. No one is sure how many have fled but he estimates the number will be more than a million by the end of the year.

"The last estimate I saw was over 800,000 have left. Think of that. Eight hundred thousand people have abandoned their homeland because we turned it into a place that is too dangerous to live. We're not liberators. We're destroyers. We destroyed a country, a culture and any hope they have for a future."

Iraq, he said, is out-of-control. The civil war that many predicted is already here and it cannot be stopped by either American presence or propaganda, he said, and Iraqis blame Americans for what has happened to their country.

"As bad as the situation may have been under Saddam Hussein, we have made it worse. Iraqis had electricity under Saddam. They don't now. They could go to the grocery story without fear. They can't now."

Perhaps, I suggested, he could help turn the tide by going public. He's a career military officer, I argued, someone with immediate credibility.

He shook his head.

"I've given my life to the military. It's all I have. If I go public, I could lose my pension. I can't afford bad paper. Not at this point in my life. I'm retiring but I have to do it on my own terms and in a way to protect myself and my family. I can't put them at risk."

He left his lunch mostly uneaten and we walked out into the street. A light rain fell.

"They give us 'talking points' when we come home and they tell us to go out and talk up the war. I can't do that. I won't do that. I've done many things for my country but I won't lie for them. Not now. Not anymore."

As I watched him walk away in the rain, I realized the proud military man I've known for so many years no longer walked tall and straight. Those who sent him to fight in this current war based on lies and political opportunity took the spring out of his step and the pride out of his stance.

He spent his life fighting for our freedom. Now, when he needs that freedom the most, he cannot speak up.

Like too much else in America today, freedom is an illusion.

12:24 AM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

That's a nice piece of fiction. How convenient Thompson omitted his name. I'm sure Chris Matthews or Keith Olberman would love to showcase this alleged friend. Got any other BS tales to reprint?

10:32 PM  
Blogger amber said...

Marshal, I thought the exact same thing.

11:16 PM  
Blogger Cavalor Epthith said...

How many of you patriotic Americans in favor of the war would call for this flag officer's head as you did for the officers that came out against this debacle months back?

What hubris I see all around me. How quick you are to defend with force your narrow minded ideologies. I am sure that among those killed in Oklahoma City or in the World trade centers democrats and republicans alike perished. I think i have finally found people as insane as Muslim suicide bombers and those are the people who still march proudly to the beat of a failed President. I honestly believe some of these people would die rather than admit the man that parrots buzzwords that make their lives seem more meaningful because they agree on a few marginal social issues, is wrong.

America has taken the wrong path and watching this gross decline of a great nation is akin to kissing the Gunner's daughter.

C.E.

11:04 AM  
Blogger eLarson said...

How many of you patriotic Americans in favor of the war would call for this flag officer's head

It would be impolite of me to do so without actually knowing his name.

5:40 AM  

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