Saturday, January 22, 2005
A Reply to Podhoretz
Despite the inevitable attempts by Podhoretz and his ilk to recast any eventual withdrawal as the fault of the Left regardless of who holds the power, I am somewhat thankful that Kerry lost the election at least in this context. Paraphrasing an earlier post: If the US must pull out of Iraq in defeat and ignominy, let it be the Bush administration's legacy alone, because they are the rightful owners. In some bizarre sense I am relieved by the fact that there will not be a liberal scapegoat in the White House to be held accountable for this failure in policy, if that is what the Iraq invasion turns out to be. I'm not sure how long it would take the Democrats to live down the stigma attached to the "party of retreat" if a hypothetical President Kerry had to make such a decision. Maybe he would realize the strategic blow this would deal his compatriots and thus be inclined to remain in Iraq past the point of no return, in turn causing more harm. This is part of what I meant when I said back in August that if Bush wins, he loses. Let's hope it never comes to that.I love liberals! He has it every which way. In a way the writer reminds me of Kerry and his flip flopping. Imagine the council he would give a President. This Iraq invasion MAY be a failure in policy, and MAY result in pulling out in defeat and ignominy, but we can't pull out for then we would be "the party of retreat" and massive loss of face. I don't read here a concern for what is right for the Iraqi people or for the long term safety of the US or for that matter a "can-do" attitude.