This is Iraq. And this.
I've written about the criminal stupidity of the Democratic Party's decision to once again "get to the right" of the Republicans "on national defense," this time by opposing so-called amnesty for the native Iraqi rebellion. Even Russ Feingold, purportedly one of the smarter, marginally less psychotic members of The World's Greatest Deliberative Body (a title on par with gay men's personal ads for its overestimations of bodily prowess and proportion), has come out muttering that we shouldn't forgive "people who kill Americans." The great anti-war hope, that one.
Pat Lang says it rightly:
It is axiomatic that peace must be made with enemies, not friends. If Iraqi insurgents who have fought and perhaps killed Iraqi and coalition soldiers are excluded from the possibility of reconciliation and amnesty, then who will be left to make peace with? The answer is simple. No one. That would mean that the war will go on and on and on. In that case it would prove impossible to withdraw coalition forces for a long time.That's a very eloquent way of wagging a finger, or a very eloquent way of saying, "What are you people, fucking nuts?"
Nothing works self-identified Democrats into greater self-righteous rage than suggesting that they're not serious about this war--fighting it, winning it, or ending it. What other conclusion can be drawn? Although it's true that Republican interest in Iraq is almost entirely in the service of domestic political concerns, a convenient foil for all sorts of macho-patriotic tough-talkery and the Sunday morning insinuation circuit, they at least demonstrate an interest. As brutal and awful as has been the Republican-crafted policy in Iraq, it is perhaps better to be craven and present than dishonorably absent. Democrats have now taken up a new slogan, something to the effect that crying "Victory, we must have victory!" doesn't constitute a strategy.
Yet when a strategy born of indigenous Iraqi politics presents itself, all Democrats can do is rush into the breach and scream STOP! And then fall back on platitudes about protecting the troops, sending messages, or what have you. A number of prominent Republicans, meanwhile, who have heretofore exhibited only the most crass jingoism, suddenly see through the now-backlit scrim of victoryspeak, that there are only two paths out of the quagmire: to run screaming from defeat, or else to craft a peace, however fragile, however temporary, however illusory.
Democrats are culpable for our invasion of Iraq. They lay supine, and in many cases blithely consented, to this aggression. We invaded Iraq, and made in Iraq an enemy. It isn't a game, Democrats. There are no takebacks, timeouts, or storming from the field whining that it isn't fair.