So really, what doesn’t help matters is evading the issue by implying the people who opposed the Iraq war — that is, the people who were right— not only are unqualified to contribute, but must be evicted from theranks of liberalism. That, in fact, is the opposite of an honestconversation.
Indeed the whole discussion is more of the blame-liberals-first, self-hating-Beltway-Democrat garbage that The New Republic has been pushing for ages. The problem we’ve had — and that the nation as a whole has — is that we don’t realize the degree to which the Bush administration has felt free to be dishonest and divisive with this issue. We have a history of honest stewardship in our government, especially when it came to matters of national security. Even the Senate is utterly dependent on the good faith and competence of those in the executive branch. And guess what? It’s not there anymore, and 51% just doesn’t realize it, or doesn’t want to. Forget about Michael Moore — read Richard Clarke, and you’ll see just how incompetent and dishonest this administration has been from the get-go.
So, considering that we don’t have the luxury or desire to purge MoveOn and the folks who dare criticize utterly inappropriate and ineffective terror policies: Where do we go from here? If liberals and Democrats don’t honestly feel in their heart of hearts that we can do a better job of fighting terrorism (Islamofascism, if you will), then we don’t deserve to win anything anyway. But if we do have a reality-based strategy, then what is it? (Calling Mr. Clarke… calling Ed Markey…)
Let’s get to it. Get it right and tell the truth.