On the Right Side of History
Victor Davis Hanson vs. The New York Times
Burkean Reflections, Conservatism with Heart, Hugh Hewitt, and Flopping Aces all posted recently on the Bush legacy, linking to Bill Kristol's op-ed in the Washington Post. Go to one of the 3 blogs, for my own comment on the matter. In addition, Matt Lewis notes the following:
4. Or it could be our modern media world (cable, blogs, talk radio), means that no president can make it through two terms without getting banged up...I think Lewis touches upon something vitally important, in the changing world: the information flow. Before President Bush took office, we had never had the kind of access to information at our fingertips, the likes of which we now possess. It has been a mixed bag of good and bad; and I think the nature of warfare is forever changed, due to today's technology in the hands of ordinary folk.
Bless Dean Barnett for thinking Peggy Noonan's BSD piece was creepy; and David Limbaugh for countering her criticism.
Bush Derangement Syndrome is not something that "used to" exist. It is alive and well -- and apparently growing. While Peggy says that no one thinks anymore that those afflicted with the syndrome are unhinged. I do, as do many others, and I deeply lament that Peggy is giving cover to the vicious, indefensible assaults against Bush from the left since 2000.Donald Lambro has a good piece on why history will likely vindicate President Bush.
It's been a bit hard, finding myself at odds with some of my favorite conservatives on key issues for the last 3 years- Laura Ingraham, Michelle Malkin, Tammy Bruce (conservative Democrat/classic liberal)....from Harriet Miers, the Dubai Ports deal, immigration, to the current situation in Iraq. It's not so much that I didn't and don't share some of their concerns. I believe that the Republican Party should be a big tent party, with disagreements showing the health of the Party, and not the sickness. Sometimes, though, in airing our dirty laundry, I think we've shot ourselves in the foot by beating up on ourselves to the point of political harm, as exemplified in the '06 Election. We've weakened President Bush's political power, as much as his "true" political enemies have done. And in so doing, we've hurt the conservative movement- yet lay the blame squarely at the feet of the President, and behave like victims, abandoned by our Party.
Midnight Blue and Flopping Aces have important posts to be read today, regarding Vets for Freedom who will confront the surrender monkeys on Capitol Hill, face-to-face.
Let your voices be heard.
Other articles of note:
Rich Lowry's Last Hawk Standing
Thomas Sowell asks, "And then what?" Here's an excerpt:
But how many countries will continue to cooperate with the United States when they know that the terrorists are in this for the long haul, while the U.S. can abandon them to their fate at any moment, whenever it becomes politically expedient at home?Here is an excerpt from Part II of Sowell:
What has gone right is that the Iraq war is already over. Our troops won it. But our politicians may once more lose the peace -- and with disastrous consequences for us and for the world.Sometimes, Dennis Prager can be the Caliph of Clarity:
Peace has not been achieved in Iraq, though pacification continues -- always at a cost in American lives -- and shows signs of progress, much to the dismay of those who have bet their political future on an American defeat.
Defeatists have not yet had the courage to directly ensure defeat by cutting off the money to continue military operations in Iraq.
That would be taking responsibility for the defeat.
The sad truth is that moral courage is rare -- whether among private citizens or among political leaders. Even opponents of the war have to admit that, given the polls, it takes no courage for a politician to call for American withdrawal from Iraq. Whether or not you agree with those who want American forces to stay in Iraq, that is a far more courageous position in today's America -- just as, right or wrong, it admittedly took more courage for a politician to oppose the war when America deposed Saddam Hussein's regime.Should America fail in Iraq, I will not hold President Bush up as the cause for failure. He has remained firm and unwavering, even as those around him seem to either blow with the breeze, like paper tigers knocked down by windbags; or suffer the contagion of "Bush fatigue" under the constant, unrelenting onslaught of BSD from the MSM. It's shaped perception, even amongst those of us who remain supportive of our President. We may still support our efforts in Iraq, but we are not unaffected by the saturation of negativity and pessimism.
More from Prager:
And how often in history did the right thing not take courage? And how often was the right position the most popular position?I may be ridiculed for being in the minority position, amongst the 20-30 per centers....that I am out of touch with the mainstream. Good. I am proud to stand in the company of those who understand the consequences of withdrawal and defeat; of those willing to do what's right, even when it's not what is popular.