Those who repeat history are doomed to learn it
Posted by aogMonday, 25 September 2006 at 09:17 TrackBack Ping URL

There is a lot to be said for the point of view that dredging up the Clinton years with regard to fighting the Caliphascists is pointless, as it represents what economists call a sunk cost. Normally I would agree that it’s a fine subject for historians but not particularly relevant politically. However, it is not the GOP that is stuck in that past but the Democratic Party which wants to implement basically the same policies again. That is what makes it relevant. To this day the Democratic Party powers cannot admit that former President Clinton’s policies were sub-optimal, much less wrong.

I think the reason for this is the same reason the Democratic Party is stuck in the past on most issues — it’s not the admission of error but the fear of having to create a new policy. This makes the Clinton bashing useful if it is tied back to present day policies espoused by the Democratic Party.

I think the best example of this is the “law enforcement paradigm” offered by such Democratic Party luminaries as Senator John Kerry. The history of the Clinton Administration is a good antidote to the claimed utility of such a policy.

Another that is close is the idea that it is President Bush’s policies that are boosting Al Qaeda and other Caliphascist organzations. It is useful to note that Al Qaeda went from a minor annoyance to perpetrating the largest terror attack in the USA on President Clinton’s watch. The point isn’t to bash Clinton but to bash the idea that it is only an aggressive response like Bush’s that recruits and empowers such organizations.

Finally, I can’t help but enjoy the spectacle of the Democratic Party being hoisted on its own petard. It is their hysterical reaction that has put this subject back on the front burner and it is especially funny coming from a party that has spent so much time bashing Bush for not owning up to mistakes.

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cjm Thursday, 28 September 2006 at 13:23

the heads on easter island have a higher probability of coming alive, then the democrats have of coming up with a coherent policy platform. the dems are in a death spiral, as a national party. they are like inverse canaries in a coal mine — when they finally die, america will finally be safe from their evilness.

fiona Friday, 13 October 2006 at 16:01

Sweetie, you might want to check on just how we are treating Hamas in Palestine. We have a thriving program there of funnelling food, etc thru the UN, so maybe it doesn’t show up as US aid, but we haven’t stopped. The USAID program is still going on - except now we are giving the money to “private” business instead of the government. But make no mistake, the Palestinians still complain, but they know they are still getting the cash. The real effect comes from the Israeli cash cutoff.

Annoying Old Guy Friday, 13 October 2006 at 18:20

I think that despite the continued efforts of that sort, the total amount of cash flow is greatly reduced and, from Hamas’ point of view, any money going directly to non-Hamas groups is money wasted. I know that support from the EU and Arabia is also much reduced. I would be willing to be persuaded that a rational, organized group could just tighten up and survive, but I don’t think Hamas can, especially not having radicalized and cocooned their subjects.

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