Skip to comments.DEMS' HUGE GIFT TO W.
Posted on 09/12/2002 12:56:17 AM PDT by kattracksEdited on 05/26/2004 5:08:27 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
ASKING President Bush to explain his Iraq policy was the Democrats' first real political mistake since 9/11 - and it was a huge one.
Since the terror attacks, the Democrats had played their political hand brilliantly. Instead of routinely challenging every administration action, they embraced his anti-terror initiatives, his attack on Afghanistan and his domestic rearrangement of the U.S. government.
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He implies that Republicans should do well in November, and I hope he is right. Bush and his inner circle are pretty savvy, imo.
|As the evidence of Saddam's interest in acquiring nuclear weapons mounts and the public becomes more conscious of the biological and chemical weapons this maniac has at his control already...
This is a telling phrase. Underneath it all, Morris "gets it." He understands that if we don't take Saddam out, and sooner rather than later, we are going to have an incident that makes 9/11 look like an auto accident.
In their guts, people know this. At the rate that heroin, cocaine, and illegal immigrants get into this country, we know that if a half-dozen well organized people want to smuggle a nuclear weapon in here, they can. If Saddam gets his hands on one, we're going to have the damned thing go off in a major American city, and we know it.
And yet, Morris the political mechanic cannot stop himself from yakking about the election as if this were just another issue. Gee, if only the Democrats hadn't made this tactical mistake, the country could be talking about prescription drug benefits instead of worrying about a nuke going off in Atlanta.
Morris is too close to the game to see it from the stands. This was never going to be the Democrats' year. Ask people in a poll whether they care about "prescription drug benefits," and people will say, "Yeah." But when it comes right down to voting between that and getting blown up, the drug benefits are going to wait.
I have a hunch they are going to be waiting in 2004, too.
Think about that for a moment
We are going to war and shed blood so that the president can have a better issue on which to campaign?
Bush gives the appearance of having reached the conclusion that he can get along fine with a Democrat Senate - he has signed every bill they've passed, after all.
What is interesting to me is that the Prime Minister must be aware of this on some level. The idea of the Labour Party helping the Republicans is truly bizarre to me, but it's a notion that fills me with mirth. ;)
Prime Minister Blair, unlike his Backbench or his allies in the TUC, understands that America will judge its "friends" by how they back us up in this mortal struggle with a remorseless foe.
You will notice that we are virtually stripping Saudi Arabia of its American presence. The Saudis didn't stand up for what is right in the wake of the attacks of last year; rather, they tried to play a double game: sending us soothing words while buying off the PA and Al Qaeda. Bush will use Saudi Arabia as an example to other Arabs: within a year, the United States will sever any security guarantees with the Kingdom (which will be an academic exercise anyway, as we won't need it or them).
Blair has figured out what Bundeskanzler Schroeder has failed to understand: this war is a watershed in how Americans will view the rest of the world. It is more likely that Americans will withdraw into an armed neutrality (something that comes natural to us) than engage in overseas empire building. Blair wants us to know now that a relationship with the United Kingdom has value to us.
The United Kingdom and the United States together form an alliance of unmatched power, reach, and diplomatic acumen. Add Russia and Japan to the mix, and you have a recipe for an entente which can forestall Chinese adventurism or an Islamic fascist enterprise for the foreseeable future.
The European Union cannot offer Blair anything more than membership in a Frankfurt banker's racket. Blair understands that to help this strange Republican is to help Britain in the long run. Otherwise, he risks placing Britain in the second rank of European states, behind the two main conspirators: Germany and France.
If Blair maintains his policy, then the Eurotrash powers have to come to him. The drawback is that he still appears intent on giving up the Pound, but perhaps there is still time to abandon that enterprise as well.
If his Backbench could understand that, they might cut him more slack. But people like Glenda Jackson are prisoners of their own ideology.
Be Seeing You,
This President will do it because he understands Saddam is a threat to us.
Notice how clinton has done a flip on this? THAT'S "politics" as usual for him.
Did somebody say that, bimbo? Morris said the Dems have invited to Bush to talk about it, in length. Which is in the Republicans interest since the Dems are merely obstructionist...Get it?
Blair asked us to think of the people falling to their death and of the children on the planes who were told they were to die.
He closed by saying that such cruelty is not comprehensible to the average person. And that we cannot reason with it, cannot negotiate with it, and that since it means to destroy us, we must destroy it.
By the end of the speech my blood was boiling.
My respect for Blair in this light has grown significantly since 9/11.
He said that to the Labour Party Conference. They immediately shut up about the war after it - there was no way they were going to oppose him after the speech.
Blair sometimes has moments of brilliance, and this is one of them. I'll never vote Labour, but he has my respect for doing the right thing in this case.
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