Back during the Bush years we used to occasionally hear that once democrats were in charge again they would look at national security seriously:
If Presidential Candidate Clinton sometimes displays a commendable maturity towards the war in Iraq and National Security, compared to her fellow party-members, perhaps it derives from her more certain confidence of what the former Clinton White House thought abut the risk of Saddam seeking to advance his WMD programs and capabilities.
All of which makes the rhetorical dishonesty of Democratic war opponents (especially those nouveau) all the more reprehensible.
Expect much more nuanced, even handed treatments of the past, now that Democrats seek to take over the Executive, rediscover the need to preserve and protect National Security and the National Interest, and seek to nurture a more grown-up view of the best intentions of their one-time (political) enemies.
I even recall some saying we needed to elect democrats since it was the only way to get them to stop trying to make us lose in Iraq and Afghanistan as it would be on them (can’t find the link to save my life). There were more than a few people who believed in that line.
A great Democratic secretary of state, Dean Acheson, once warned ‘no people in history have ever survived, who thought they could protect their freedom by making themselves inoffensive to their enemies.’ This is a lesson that today’s Democratic Party leaders need to relearn.
almost a decade later with Isis on the rise, Iran operating in Iraq and the rest of the world burning and the White House now facing the image of a man they traded 5 terrorist for being tried for desertion I have this to say:
The experiment of putting liberals in charge of National defence has been a total failure.
If we do it again in 2016 we’ll not only be defeated, but we’ll deserve defeat.
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