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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Joe Klein Has an Epiphany

Well, while he may not recognize it as an epiphany, perhaps with some applause for this post and some guidance he'll realize that when the Right cause the Left "Anti-American," there's some fundamental basis for the charge. Here's Klein:

19:34 pm
Now that I have your attention
Posted by Joe Klein | E-Mail This | Permalink | Comments (0) | Sphere It!

I love it! First day of Swampitude and the left-wing blogosphere--which is overpopulated by illiberal leftists and reactionary progressives--is already attacking me: 24 mostly mingy comments about my Left Behind post, many of which seem to be steaming off a post by Greg Sargent, who writes a blog called The Horse's...Mouth.
The illiberal left just hates it when I point out that the Democratic Party's naivete on national security--and the left wing tendency to assume every U.S. military action abroad is criminal--just aren't very helpful electorally. The fact that I've been opposed to the Iraq war ever since this 2002 article in Slate just makes it all the more aggravating. But it's possible to have been against the war and to hope for the best in Iraq. I'd bet that the overwhelming majority of Americans who now oppose the war are praying for a turn for the better in Iraq. Listening to the leftists, though, it's easy to assume that they are rooting for an American failure.
And so a challenge to those who slagged me in their comments. Can you honestly say the following:

Even though I disagree with this escalation, I am hoping that General Petraeus succeeds in calming down Baghdad.

Does the thought even cross your mind? As for me, it's easy--I've been rooting for U.S. success ever since the invasion because, after the overpowering arrogance and stupidity that led to this disaster, we owe some peace and stability to the Iraqis and the region. For the record, I'm outraged Bush is ignoring the election results and the reality on the ground in Iraq. I think he is sending more young American lives into an impossible situation. I am fairly certain that Bush will wallow amongst our worst presidents for getting us into this mess. But I hope events prove me wrong. I don't even care if Bush gets credit for the "victory" and smirks all the way back to Texas. --joe klein

Now, for those of us that have been engaged in manipulating monitoring the Left since 9/11 and watching them strike ever Anti-American pose imaginable, all we can say is, "Welcome to the party, Joe! What took you so long?"

Yes, the statement you wrote about wishing for Petraeus to have success in Iraq does not sit well with the Democratic base... and to some extent, it's the fault of the Democratic leadership because they cultivated this sentiment for decades and especially since the defeat of John Kerry.

This is what alienated many of the "security Moms" post-9/11: the reflexively anti-American positions taken by the Left. This pushed many former Dems and even liberals to realize that their side just wasn't serious about success in the War On Terror.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler