No, no, we really want to dig to the bottom
Posted by aogSaturday, 01 September 2007 at 22:04 TrackBack Ping URL

Someone writes

For now, the political strategy adopted by the Democrats is clear. As they see it, the way to engineer defeat at the hands of al Qaeda is to continue to ignore the fact that we are in a war against that terrorist organization (and that we are making great progress in that war) and to instead focus solely on the lack of political progress among Iraqi politicians. Democratic Senator Richard Durbin briefly deviated from this intentionally misleading script when, in a moment of unguarded honesty, he acknowledged that the troop surge is achieving military progress against al Qaeda in Iraq. Now, however, he is reverting to form and working hard to focus attention away from al Qaeda (the real issue and the real enemy) and back on to the lack of political progress:
“What we’re hearing is a pretty consistent message of failure on the political front in Iraq,” said Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, a Democrat, who visited Iraq in August.

The motivation of the Democratic Party continues to puzzle me. Even as a cynical ploy for political power, abetting America’s enemies in defeating American national interests seems both risky and counter-productive. I suspect that it’s more people trapped by ideology than cunning. One key difference between the GOP and the Democratic Party is how much of the latter are holdovers from the 60s and 70s, still repeating the actions of their youth in a changed world, because the megadeaths in South East Asia turned out all right for them.

On the other hand, one might think Congress should try to keep the Iraqi government around, because at least one place that has a more dysfunctional national assembly than we do.

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