Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Drumbeat of Defeat, Part I

Unfortunately, this looks to be a multipart series…

As noted, Mr. Murtha: who has favored leaving Iraqis to Saddam’s tender mercies since 2003, reiterated his desire to throw the Iraqis to the wolves in the course of the last couple of weeks, adds in the broken down army comments. Notably, he’s joined by Nancy Pelosi. (Murtha roundup courtesy of American Thinker). There’s a Slate roundup here.

And Mr. Dean: “Saying the ‘idea that we're going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong,’ Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean predicted today that the Democratic Party will come together on a proposal to withdraw National Guard and Reserve troops immediately, and all US forces within two years”.

Today, they are joined by Richard Cohen, not a member of the Democratic leadership, but merely a cheerleader for defeat. Rummy worst SecDef since McNamara? How ‘bout Harold Brown? Though, in fairness to Brown, the overwhelming incompetence of Jimmy Carter makes it difficult for any member of his administration to appear to be more than a stumblebum. Or Les Aspin? Didn’t he toss the Rangers overboard in Somalia in 1993?

Then, of course, there’s the glaring non-logic of: “By sticking with Rumsfeld, Bush presumably thinks he is showing that no mistakes were made in the handling of the war”. I don’t think that the Administration has refused to acknowledge mistakes on the conduct of the war – just not the necessity of the war, or doubt in our ability to win.

If acknowledgement of one mistake meant sacking the Secretary of Defense / War, we never would have prevailed in WWII or the Cold War.