(And now, we hear that in Pakistan fighting the war on terror to a successful conclusion is less important than even the trappings of democracy, and so Pakistan’s President Musharraf must go, must make way for the fair Ms. Bhutto. This from the same people curiously quiet about the systematic tyrannization of Venezuela by Comrade Hugo Chavez — whose country now serves as the principal transfer station for the transshipment of Colombian cocaine into the United States.)
Yet in Iraq, military deaths have plummeted for five consecutive months, with civilian deaths down as well. No city remains under terrorist control. If it ever happened, the “civil war” is over. And al-Qaida stands decimated. Notes Gen. Raymond Odierno, No. 2 in command of U.S. forces:
“The real change has been that the populace rejects al-Qaida. They no longer have the passive support of the community. They’ve been rejected by their actions, and the people do not want to support them. In fact, what we find for the most part is that people will do anything to keep them out of their area, and they want to work closely with us to ensure that (continues).”
In its rage, the American left has extensive investments in (economic) downturn, (petroleum) shortage, (global warming) doomsday scenarios, and (Iraqi) defeat. Former Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman, in an early-November speech practically unreported, put it this way regarding foreign policy:
Since retaking Congress in November 2006, the top foreign-policy priority of the Democratic Party has not been to expand the size of our military for the war on terror, or to strengthen our democracy promotion efforts in the Middle East, or to prevail in Afghanistan. It has been to pull our troops out of Iraq, to abandon the democratically elected government there, and to hand a defeat to President Bush.
So, further, the left blames Bush for rising oil prices and heightened foreign dependency, while denying his (and the Republicans’) efforts to gasify coal and to expand domestic oil production. It blames him for refusing to join the “scientific consensus” on global warming and correspondingly to embrace the Kyoto pact and new taxes and spending.
And it blames him for concealing the truth on a multiplicity of issues while remaining loudly silent about (for instance) Hillary Clinton’s concealment of her Clinton-years White House records.
So checking the landscape, your visiting Martian might logically conclude that in days of rage such as these, a hunger for political power requires ignoring the facts, investing heavily in failure in, e.g., the economy and in Iraq, and chanting the mantra that nothing anywhere is going right.
Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.
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