The Democratic Party Needs to Find its Joementum
I'd like to take the moment to pick this apart from Daily Kos:
Interesting that Lieberman, who today told us we weren't allowed to criticize President Bush, had no problems whatsoever attacking a different president: Bill Clinton.
But of course, lying to drag a nation into war is nowhere near as bad as lying about a blowjob. Or something like that.
Talking to the Du loonbats on the Left and many of the Kosheads, is like talking to a brick wall. They just don't get it.
It's not that we aren't allowed to criticize the President. It's the manner in which we dissent during wartime that is so dangerous. That is what Democrat Joe Lieberman understands; that is what he is talking about, when the moonbats quote him, yet don't seem to comprehend. To compare his criticism of Bill Clinton to his attempts to dissuade current criticism of George Bush is to compare apples to oranges. Criticizing President Clinton over a personal weakness in character didn't cost lives and extend a war; it didn't give aid and comfort to the terrorists who I'm sure are regular Daily Kos readers, among other things. Why should the terrorists and insurgents give up what they are doing, when they see the results of their terror, bearing fruit in AP reports and in how our President is unfairly and shamelessly attacked on a relentless basis? What they cannot win on the battlefield, they see as winnable in the media war. When Senator Durbin compares Gitmo to Soviet Gulags and Nazi death camps.....who does that help? Americans and Iraqis? Or the insurgency? When Senators Kennedy, Reid, Pelosi, Kerry, and all the other usual suspects bloviate all over the Senate Floor, that we were led into this war based on lies, that we've made no progress, that we need a timetable and an exit strategy for immediate withdrawal of our troops...who does that help? Who is paying attention? I bet the terrorists are paying closer attention to CSPAN than our own citizens are. And you can bet your life on it, that they pay attention to our news media and scrutinize every negative anti-Bush gallup poll that is trumpeted and heralded around by the NY Times and the world press. And it gives them the one thing they need to cling to, to give them the will to keep going: HOPE. Hope that, like the North Vietnamese, they will prevail if they hold out long enough, thanks to the efforts of the Cindy Sheehans and the Michael Moores and the Barbra Streisands, and our own Senate "leadership".
I don't mind honest dissent and disagreement. I am sure Joe Lieberman and President Bush would both agree.
Mistakes have been made, as they have been made in every conflict; but to then magnify and spotlight it in an attempt to delegitimize the entire war and discredit what we are accomplishing over in Iraq, is just pure insanity; it is partisan politics at the risk of our men and women out on the frontlines. We are in a real war for our civilization; and we are hamstrung by our brothers and sisters who live in denial of this fact. It wouldn't be so bad, to me, if I could trust that the Democrats were unified with Republicans on achieving victory in Iraq. But that's not the case. The political infighting has not been a healthy one; what it has done, and continues to do, is undermine the war effort and show the enemy that we lack resolve; and that America doubts itself. That weakness in ourselves is what the enemy seeks to exploit. We are figuratively handing him the sword with which to kill us. The anti-war Bush-bashing is part of the problem; not the solution.
And no...it has not been proven that President Bush lied to lead us into war; a war that I believe is just and was necessary to wage as part of the GWOT.
It needs to be hammered home to the terrorists that America is not a paper tiger; not under this President, nor any future American president.