August 14, 2006

Liberal Commentary on the Anti-War Democrats

Carroll Andrew Morse

A pair of commentators with strong liberal bona-fides make the point that Ned Lamont’s victory in Connecticut shows that there is a strong faction in the Democratic party united by the fact that they do not see Islamic extremism as a threat worth fighting against. Here’s Jacob Weisberg in Slate

The problem for the Democrats is that the anti-Lieberman insurgents go far beyond simply opposing Bush's faulty rationale for the war, his dishonest argumentation for it, and his incompetent execution of it. Many of them appear not to take the wider, global battle against Islamic fanaticism seriously. They see Iraq purely as a symptom of a cynical and politicized right-wing response to Sept. 11, as opposed to a tragic misstep in a bigger conflict. Substantively, this view indicates a fundamental misapprehension of the problem of terrorism.
Kevin Drum of the Washington Monthly agrees, at least with respect to the left’s netroots…
Much as I'm reluctant to agree with him, Weisberg has a point: aside from kvetching about Bush's policies, the liberal blogosphere has chosen to almost unanimously sit out any substantive discussion of the fight against radical jihadism and what to do about it. Emphasis counts, and this widespread silence makes it hard to avoid the conclusion that liberal bloggers just don't find the subject very engaging.
The question that both Weisberg and Drum duck is does Ned Lamont himself believe that the war on terrorism is worth fighting to win, or, if elected to the Senate, would he advocate for a truce with terrorists that left their ability to attack the United States fully intact, so as long as a superficial appearance of "peace" was maintained.

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The sad reality is that the Israeli tail is wagging the American dog. If we would stop arming the nuclear armed, racist state of ersatz Israel 99% of our problems would be ended. Israel can fall into the Mediterranian tommorow and America would not be injured in the least.
I wonder what we are going to do when the Muslim world from Brunei to Nigeria, finally sickened by the dominance of Jewish supremacist US policies decides to cut oil production in half-AS THEY HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO DO WITH THEIR OWN NATURAL RESOURCES-the neocon regime will collapse as quickly as the last Evil Empire in Moscow.
Yes, I "blame America first".

Posted by: Mike at August 15, 2006 9:09 AM

Yeah - and Taiwan and South Korea too! It's about time we stop defending every tinpot democracy's right to exist. Unfortunately, some genocide will be necessary, but that's the cost of doing business.

where do I go for my free t-shirt?

Posted by: rhodeymark at August 15, 2006 2:49 PM

Gentlemen--I'm not sure what political party you belong to, but I have to wonder, where do you keep your picture of Der Fuhrer?

Posted by: Spodorf at August 15, 2006 7:16 PM

I think Rhodeymark is being sarcastic.

Mike, on the other hand, is seriously advancing a policy of appeasing your enemies and exterminating your allies. I'm not sure of any cases where that has met with long term success.

Posted by: Andrew at August 15, 2006 7:29 PM

You are most likely right about rhodeymark being sarcastic but textual things are so easy to misinterpret. I must say that I am scared to think that there are Americans out there, such as Mike who would rather see our own government's demise rather than those of the terrorists who control much of the middle east.

Posted by: Spodorf at August 15, 2006 7:50 PM

Spodorf, it's not just Mike by a long shot. From the "Truthers" who are beyond convinced that 9-11 was a neocon and Zionist plot, to the 2nd & 3rd generation "American" Muslims in Dearborn MI who are only allowed to steep in Al-Jazeera via satellite, to the "Peace Moms" who march with Code Pink and International ANSWER alongside Hezbollah and Hamas agitators, useful idiots abound. Don't be afraid, however - not yet. They can only gain power by disguising their motives, aided by a complicit media. The Internet (and websites such as this) will play an increasingly valuable role in maintaining an informed electorate.

Posted by: rhodeymark at August 16, 2006 8:33 AM

Rhodeymark--This time you hit the mark!

Posted by: Spodorf at August 16, 2006 7:08 PM