Carol Platt Liebau: The Defeatocrats

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Defeatocrats

The New York Times reports that Democrats are planning symbolic votes against the President's plan for Iraq.

Good. Of course, what that course of action emphasizes is their wimpiness -- they oppose it, but not enough to do anything really radical, like cutting off funds (thankfully).

Most of all, it gives history a clear record of who wanted to win -- and who wanted to retreat and surrender, a la Vietnam. The entire episode raises an important question: If the war wasn't worth trying to win, why did Democrats vote for it in the first place? Next time, maybe there should be a third alternative for the Democrats between "aye" and "nay" -- "aye, unless the going gets tough. Then retreat."

Defeatocrats, indeed.


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