Next, Dean criticized Bush for not maintaining troop morale. Well, the last time I checked, it was Dean and his Democratic colleagues who were undercutting the president's war efforts every step of the way. It was no less a Democrat luminary than Senator Hillary Clinton who made a junket to Iraq to tell the troops that people at home were questioning their commander in chief's policies in Iraq.
What do you Democrats think that does for troop morale? Do you care -- or is undermining the president too high a priority to be sacrificed over silly concerns about troop morale -- the kind of silly concerns about which Howard Dean pretends to be agitated. I wonder how Mr. Dean would square his fervent opposition to the war with encouraging high troop morale?
Meanwhile, the candidate Democrats thought would give them "gravitas" on national defense, Wesley Clark, is gallivanting around the country exhibiting his lack of gravitas and his poor judgment on matters of national defense. Imagine that, a four-star general lacking judgment -- or at least letting his political ambitions cloud it.
Yes, the general is telling us we shouldn't have gone to Iraq in the first place and that it was an unnecessary war, but only he holds the key to getting "America out of the mess." "We need to turn it back to the Iraqi people as rapidly as possible." Boy, General, that sounds like a sophisticated plan. I wonder why President Bush and Donald Rumsfeld haven't thought of that. But I'm sure your charge "that it was an unnecessary war" will do wonders for troop morale.
And speaking of "high moral purpose" and "troop morale," maybe these high-minded Democratic stalwarts can collaborate with the Hollywood activists planning a "Hate Bush" gathering this week. General Clark should be especially welcome there, based on reports that he's recently turned to Hollywood for advice and funding.
It's going to be an interesting campaign year. One can't help but wonder whether the Democrats will come up with something constructive to run on between now and next November. I wouldn't bet on it.