Carol Platt Liebau: The Real Left-Wing Agenda

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Real Left-Wing Agenda

AJ Dionne inadvertently explains why so many on the Democratic side are so eager for the war in Iraq to fail.

It's because, in their view, the war stands for a host of foreign policy concepts they despise: "unilateral," "bold," "robust," "transformative" and "sole remaining superpower." With the difficulties in Iraq, Dionne explains, better words (in his view) have come into vogue: "multilateral," "nuance," "patience," "diplomacy," "allies," "history" and "prudence."

The words Dionne favors are those that speak to a chastened America that hesitates to use its power, even when confronted with evidence of a growing threat (indeed, all the world's intelligence agencies believed Saddam had WMD). It's an America that doesn't dare lead, and looks instead to world opinion for direction and guidance.

For the left, there's much more at stake in Iraq than simply America's national security or Iraq's well-being. Failure is desirable -- necessary, even -- in their view, so as to restrain America's power. For, after all, in their view, American power is to be distrusted and feared -- even more than, say, Saddam Hussein was.

4 Comments:

Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

Since 2001... heck, since 1994, America has not been thinking with its head but with its emotions. It has insulted its friends and embarrassed itself in front of its enemies. It has lost the respect and trust of the international community.

10:01 PM  
Blogger stackja1945 said...

US is not blameless in all things but the US holds elections. US has been holding elections since 1789. No coups. A little disagreement between north and south. But over all not a bad record.

12:56 AM  
Blogger The Interface said...

Well said. This is the agenda and vocabulary of multicultural socialism whose conformance to reality is truly lacking.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

I don't worry so much about the opinions of the international community since that community has done basically zilch to halt the push of Islamic fanatics. Those members of the int'l community that have stuck with us understand the stakes. The rest have lost their way. I pity them, but I wouldn't risk my fellow Americans because of them.

9:13 PM  

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