Political parties, by definition, engage in politics -- obviously. It's what they do. But the Democratic leadership is so singularly driven by partisan politics that they appear incapable of recognizing our common enemies. They sometimes even seem disinclined to stand behind America when Republicans are running it, for fear of strengthening the latter's standing.
For example, instead of recognizing the potential avian flu pandemic as a common enemy and joining President Bush in combating the problem, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy, to name a few, reflexively chose to castigate Bush for not reacting soon and forcefully enough to prepare the nation. Their remarks were hysterical, and grossly political -- even for them.
Their reaction was virtually indistinguishable from their reaction to Katrina. They were simply unable (or unwilling), through their donkey-stained lenses, to see the hurricane as the common enemy and marshal their efforts toward finding solutions. The national disaster provided too grand an opportunity to demonize President Bush.
They read of 2,000 American deaths in Iraq and think, "President Bush's deceit, imperial adventurism and mismanagement of the war have caused 2,000 Americans to die." I doubt it ever occurs to them that the casualties, though utterly tragic, have been for a noble cause -- one they daily undermine.
It is even less likely that news of American deaths evokes in them a visceral contempt for our common enemy, the bloodthirsty murderers, responsible for them. Such an emotion doesn't square with their delusional "Bush lied" template.
I was reminded of their monomania yet again when watching Fox News' "Special Report with Brit Hume," reporting on the terrorists' ingenuity in devising new techniques for bombing our troops and Iraqis with IEDs (improvised explosive devices).
The thrust of the story was not all negative. Fox's Bret Baier interviewed the army's Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. James Lovelace, who said a new IED training facility is opening in Iraq to prepare incoming soldiers for the ever-changing tactics of the enemy.
"We're making every opportunity to take lessons learned and within 24 hours be able to teach that and put that back out in the field so that the leaders and the soldiers know what they're up against," said Lovelace. He said that 40 percent of the IEDs are found and identified before they blow and the casualty rate for each attack is down 45 percent.