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Monday, January 31, 2005

About as wrong as you can be

posted by Jazz at 1/31/2005 07:51:00 AM

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The primary content of this post comes originally from John Podhoretz, but since I located it at Betsy Newmark's page, we'll give her credit as well. As Atrios said recently... if you link it, you own it. (Remembering of course that Podhoretz is at the "newspaper" known as the New York Post.) First we'll treat you to the blustering, sanctimonious fanfare.
There are literally millions of Americans who are unhappy today because millions of Iraqis went to the polls yesterday. And why? Because this isn't just a success for Bush. It's a huge win. It's a colossal vindication.

It's a big fat gigantic winning vindication of the guy that the Moores and Kennedys and millions of others still can't believe anybody voted for.
And Ms. Newmark has to insert some uncharacteristic venom of her own.
Read the rest. And snickering is allowed.
Exactly wrong. (See title of post.) And this is something that the historical revisionists on the right will never own up to seeing. (Since, if they were to do so, their house of cards falls to pieces.) This is about as far from being any type of "vindication" as you could possibly get. Consider the following scenario:

A man goes out to a bar and gets really drunk. He then hops in his car and, on the way home, fails to make a turn at a t- intersection. He plows into somebody's house, destroying the front porch and the living room, injuring half of the family in the process.

When he gets out of jail, he goes and nails up a big piece of plywood over the hole in their home and sends flowers to the family members in the hospital. If you can call this election a "vindication" you would doubtless think the plywood and flowers were an "astonishing victory." (Though very likely, "catastrophic success" would be more apt.)

When I hear this kind of blustering, I am forced, yet again, to go back and ask the blusterer of the moment the same old question. If you read this blog regularly you probably have it memorized by now, so feel free to sing along.

Imagine if, in early 2003, President George W. Bush had come before congress and said, "Look. It turns out that Iraq doesn't really have any WMD's, and he has no substantive ties to Osama bin Laden and he had nothing to do with 9/11. But he's a really bad man who terrorizes, murders and oppresses his own people. I would like your permission to launch an invasion of Iraq to overthrow his government, liberate the Iraqis, and establish a democracy there. What do you say?"

Now honestly ask yourself - how many members of our congress would have voted to authorize this war and the more than 1400 dead American soldiers we have buried? I think we all know that answer to that one. Answer that question for yourself and you will see how much of a "vindication" this is.

People wishing George W. Bush ill are not wishing the Iraqi people ill. They are hoping that the people of Iraq can survive George W. Bush's "help."