Carol Platt Liebau: Playing the Blame Game

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Playing the Blame Game

As this Washington Times editorial points out, Democrats are offering little in the present Middle East crisis besides a lot of finger-pointing (how unusual - they're trying to exploit a crisis for political gain!).

In fact, on the radio, one can ever hear leftists charging that none of this would have happened if we hadn't gone into Iraq. And the Bush Administration should understand that this meme will grow and spread like a nasty virus unless it does more to make the release of pre-war documents a priority.

The Administration may believe that how we got to war is "water under the bridge" for most Americans -- but that's a fundamental miscalculation. Finis origene pendet (the end depends on the beginning) applies here. If the American people understand that, in truth, Iraq was not a war of choice, they'll see it through 'til the end. If, instead, they're led to believe that it was just a matter of misunderstandings -- however inadvertant or well-intentioned -- it's a much different story. And it becomes easier to see the crises as part of a pattern of mistakes, rather than -- as I believe they are -- a series of "tests" of the West by countries like Iran (whose client, Hezbollah, started bombing just as the UN was about to get around to dealing with its nukes) and North Korea . . . bad actors (like Iraq was) who are, in fact, doing what we've accused them of doing.


Blogger Duke-Stir said...

Carol writes: "The Administration may believe that how we got to war is "water under the bridge" for most Americans -- but that's a fundamental miscalculation. Finis origene pendet (the end depends on the beginning) applies here."

Wow, I couldn't agree more. The sooner the origins of this deadly boondoggle are revealed, the sooner we can go about reversing the damage done by your lying president.

9:30 AM  
Blogger dodger said...

In March,2003, I wrote my representative who, by the way, is a gawd dam communist, explaining why I thought the decision of Congress to use force against Iraq was right. I have been waiting ever since for the administration to put it in similar terms, easily understood by at least me.

Namely, piracy on the high seas could only be ended by a "no-safe harbor" doctrine.

It was as simple as that. Everyone understood piracy was bad. Everyone understood no nation state could be allowed to provide safe harbor.

I suppose the difficulty today is that not everyone understands terrorism is bad, at least Islamic terrorism.

My representative told me it was a war of adventure.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Carol and others should write Senator Pat Roberts(R). As chairman of the Intelligence committee, he has stalled for close to two years now, the investigation and final report on pre-war intelligence.

We all know why the Republicans do not want Americans to read this report until after the November elections.

9:52 AM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

mr.stir and mr.head will not rest until President Bush is impeached and out of office. No other result will slick their lust.
It doesn't matter the left has no ideas about the world other than, cut, run, and set up chat rooms for diplomacy with the evil, oops, I mean mean, nope, guys?...sheesh, it's just too hard being a PC leftard.

But, I prefer to read Victor Davis Hanson, and he gives a good list of positives here:
"What progress we have made since 9/11 — thousands of terrorists killed, al Qaeda scattered, Europe galvanized about Islamism and sobered about the consequences of its cheap U.S. rhetoric, Iran’s nuclear antics revealed, democracy birthed in the Middle East, Palestinian radicals exposed for their fraud, the United Nations under overdue scrutiny, America much better defended at home — all that came as a result of an often unilateralist posture that risked global alienation by challenging the easy appeasement of the rest of the world. Nothing there to apologize for or change — but much accomplished to be proud of." - VDH

10:26 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Copineer thinks the rule of law is a fickle thing, a political toy.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Here is a military experts opinion:

11:24 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Iraq WAS the center, or "Mecca" of Middle Eastern terrorism,
that's why we had to remove it's leader, and clean the place out!

1:49 PM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

Squeaky clean.

3:21 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

It was cleaned of 6,000 civilian souls just in the past two months.

The occupying nation has the responsibility of securing the nation but Bush never takes responsilbilty for his incompetence.

3:34 PM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

Bush swaggers through Pottery Barn oblivious to the glass crashing down around him.

3:47 PM  
Blogger dodger said...

Another reason we went into Iraq, an ancillary reason, is that we could establish a presence other than as conquering occupiers, which latter would have been the case if we had taken out Saddam in 1991.

Why would we want to establish a presence? Well, again, a simple answer. 200,000 weapons inspectors.

I personally would not want to be on the other side in a battle with the greatest, deadliest army ever assembled. Saddam found that out twice.

I remember a joke. What's orange and glows in the dark? Iran after Ronald Reagan becomes president.

Iran should remember that as well And they may. I also remember JFK and Kruschev facing off. I think it likely there will be another face-off, G8 vs Iran.

4:08 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...


Provide all the "expert" opinions you want, just so long as they agree with you. I assume you think the experts who disagree are buffoons. What a coincidence!

8:34 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...


I sorry, I'm not like you and can't massage your fixed thoughts and beliefs. If it hurts soo much just don't read my comments.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

You're right, Carol. Now is the time to go on a public relations offensive. Thanks to Iran's Hezbollah Thugs, a vast majority of Americans and a majority of the International Community again feel very strongly that terrorism must be defeated.

It's time to take advantage of the moment and rally around the cause.

I only wish it weren't necessary!

2:16 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...


Bush and the US is caught in a terrible mess. Bush has to come clean and start telling America the turth, not waste more time doing stump speeches.

WASHINGTON - Caught between the need to explore a possible diplomatic way out of an otherwise hopeless mess in Iraq and the domestic political need to keep the Democrats on the defensive, US President George W Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are playing a double game on the issue of a timetable for withdrawal.

For many months, the Bush White House has been attacking some Democrats in Congress for calling for a timetable for troop withdrawal from Iraq. Cheney condemned such proposals in a CNN interview June 22 as "the worst possible thing we could do", and portrayed them as "validating the theory that the Americans don't have the stomach for this fight".

But for the past six months, the Bush administration has been secretly pursuing peace negotiations with the Sunni insurgents, in which it has explicitly accepted the principle that an eventual peace agreement will include a timetable for US withdrawal.

8:29 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

Dateline, Washington! Impressive, dh, but would you clarify whether that's 'Post', 'Times', or other? Just so we can get an idea of credibility.


6:30 AM  

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