While some on the Left have been willing to look past partisan politics to celebrate with the Iraqis on their recent elections, others have not. In one thing that seems to be a strong parallel with Vietnam (for once), we have a clear victory being spun as a defeat or fake victory by many on the Left. It seem difficult to do with all of the pictures of jubilant Iraqis but there are a lot of dour Leftists up to the task.
This bring homes clearly to me that most of these people don’t believe that the USA is unalterably evil, but require it to be. There is no forgiveness in them. It seems that even if one has the view that the USA has trampled the globe with destruction and misery since its founding, it would still be a good idea to provide some positive feedback on something like the Iraqi elections, to set at least a floor on what can be expected. Moreover, as many former Communist leaders found, mouthing the rhetoric is often a short stop on the way to having to live the rhetoric. But then, what would form the stark background against which the postering Left could perform their internal psychodrama?