"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Democrats are Aggressive and United on Iraq

News analysis from The NY Times makes me ponder what exactly could be deemed as not news analysis in The NY Times.

In this piece Robin Toner analyzes the:

striking change for a party that has, on many occasions over many years, seemed to be on the defensive on national security issues.”

Much of this defensiveness harks back to Vietnam and:

“the Republican advantage on those issues has been a defining feature of American politics. Many Democrats felt they needed to prove, again and again, that their party was tough enough to defend the nation’s interests — to fight the notion, often stoked by Republicans that Democrats were the party of George McGovern and the nuclear freeze.”

That is the basic gist of the analysis in that a possible new day is dawning for the Democrat party. I wonder as I read this “analysis” if the “stoking” by Republicans is more that the “stoking” was more representative of reality. The “stoking” of Republicans was more of a demonstration of how far astray the Democrats had become from what a defense policy that actually works in favor of the U.S. was.

I am reminded of commenting back and forth with someone at a site recently regarding the various votes, won or lost in the Democrats attempt at implementing a timeline of retreat. The commenter I was writing to finished of his last comment to me with (I paraphrase), ‘stick with your Republican sinking boat if you want….’ To which I ended my final comment back that ‘this isn’t and shouldn’t be about a parties boat sinking because it is ultimately not two boats we are in, but the same “sinking” boat as a nation that just might sink.’

The point of view of this “analysis” brings home to me the underlying reality that Iraq is and has never been about Iraq itself from the Democrat side. It is as much if not more about a fight for power in our country that pits a party that does not seriously look at, consider or seemingly care about the ramifications of its own actions of pulling out of Iraq as though that is the end of the discussion/problem.

In the U.S. we win, they win but however you look at it someone is going to lose in Iraq. The victory for the Democrats in this legislation may be a win for them, but to us citizens the reward may not appear as much of a reward at all.

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