Carol Platt Liebau: The Good, the Bad and the Just Plain Wrong

Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Good, the Bad and the Just Plain Wrong

There is progress in Iraq. That's the good news.

The bad news is that Democrats aren't just against the President's surge policy -- their goal, as one advocacy group put it baldly, has to do with "undermining" the President's "foreign and national security policy." It strikes me that there's a great difference between a disagreement about strategy, tactics and even goals on the one hand -- and actively trying to ensure that the U.S. fails in whatever goals have been set out by the duly elected commander-in-chief. It's analogous to the distinction between dissent and treason.

Finally, the Democrats have apparently decided on a "slow bleed" strategy for forcing defeat in the war on Iraq. It's a clearly dishonorable tactic, as its upshot is to make it impossible for the US to prevail in Iraq, while sparing the Democrats the unpopularity that would result from them pursuing the same end more transparently -- and honorably (by, e.g., withholding funding).

6 Comments:

Blogger Marshall Art said...

Didn't CE say that AlQueda is in Pakistan and not Iraq?

As to the Murtha supported "strategy", can we question their patriotism yet?

8:38 PM  
Blogger JohnnyT. said...

These tactics prove that if you don't stand for something you will believe anything. The Democrat Party has never been able to be honest about where they stand on issues that define who they really are. They want to be viewed in the best possible light from every angle. If somehow we prevail in spite of their undermining tactics, they have cover, they did not pull funding. If we fail, as their manueverings are positioning US. Well, they told US so.
These politicians are not leaders and their policies are tantamount to treason in my eyes,and I will not forget who they are, who would trade defeat for a political "score".
I lament the Republican Parties inablity to present their stances in front of any issue, it always seems they are reacting to how the Democrats define them, and their capitulation here is another clue that they too, are not leadership quality. The Republicans had a chance after 2004 to go and win in Iraq, but they tried to wait until after 2006 so they would have protection from the electorate. This cowardly act, so reminiscent of how the Democrats lead, I believe is what will really lose the battle against this insurgency.
I have been hoping for a surge to clean up the Sunni Triangle for years, maybe the I.A. was not ready to help until now, but it seems we could have done more. I do believe it is better late than never, though, and we must do whatever we can to win. Losing is not an option. If the country cannot unite for a major, world changeing success story, could our divisions become irreparable?

6:11 AM  
Blogger Cavalor Epthith said...

Yes Marshall I did say the leadership of Al Qaeda is in Pakistan. But here is another truth the destruction of the Iraqi Ba'athist government by the United States military, acting on the orders of its Commander in Chief, have allowed Al Qaeda of the Euphrates to emerge as a political military force for Sunni Muslims in al Anbar province. But I am sure like many who cannot see flawed strategy only ideology you would inform me that al Qaeda was in Iraq the whole time just waiting for US troops to arrive.

So you might as well tell me now Marshall how many bases does al Qaeda have in Iran? And even better yet how with all your peace and love piety accept that thousands of Iraqi children have died so you can shop at Target in peace? That a direct take from the President as he stated many times the USA fights in iraq so you do not have to fight in America. Where I come from such statements are words of cowardice and disrespect for the essence of life not "morals" or "values".

7:00 AM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Where you come from is suspect. So I suppose you'd prefer that the war raged in our country? What kind of lunacy is that? It is being fought in that part of the world that bred the enemy we fight. That's as it should be. And how typical, pathetic and shameful that you would blame Bush for the deaths of civilians in Iraq rather than look to the real culprits. It might be warm for your head buried up your hindquarters, but you really need to extricate it and see reality.

9:37 PM  
Blogger Earth to Carol said...

A "slow bleed" can be controlled and stopped. It is quite benign after 5 yrs of a strategy that has been blasting into oblivion the body parts of tens of thousands of US troops and hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis.

5:13 AM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Apparently Earth also blames Bush for the tragedy. I pity Earth and Cav for their blindness.

11:26 PM  

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