Thursday, December 15, 2005


When Howard Dean said "the idea that we're going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong," a lot of people in the conservative blogosphere went crazy, as did the Republican leadership:

"Oh, there's pessimists, you know, and politicians who try to score points," the president replied. "Our troops need to know that the American people stand with them, and we have a strategy for victory."

House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) also weighed in, saying Dean had "made it clear the Democratic Party sides with those who wish to surrender."

And Ken Mehlman, the Republican Party chairman, told the San Antonio radio station Tuesday: "I can't remember any time in history where the leader of a national party, one of our two national parties, predicted that America would lose a war we were engaged in. I think it sends the wrong message to our troops, the wrong message to the enemy, the wrong message to the Iraqi people."
The GOP website touted op-eds calling for Dean to resign in disgrace.

Blanton at said:

Now, they are solidifying in the public's mind what some of us have already known -- when given the opportunity to surrender to the enemy, Democrats will disrobe, disarm, and disavow the military at every opportunity. Democrats -- the new French. decided Dean must be a Republican plant.

j.d. disagreed, claiming he was just a "professional raving lunatic."

Malkin called Dean "defeatist," as did almost everyone else over there on the right.

All this is by way of saying that I hope equal amounts of bile will now be heaped upon Senators Pat Roberts and Dick Lugar.

David Welna talked to some senators about victory in Iraq and got this response from Pat Roberts:
In today's world, I'm not sure there's ever a complete victory, whatever that is.
Dick Lugar was more definitive:

I'm not certain what complete victory means. … No one is claiming complete victory there.
Oh, you moonbatty, defeatist lunatics. You truly are the new French. Excusez-moi tandis que je vais vous obtiens du fromage.

Or maybe, just maybe, Dean and these senators are right, and perhaps one clear-eyed conservative will apologize for demonizing Howard Dean, who simply said what's obvious to anyone who's been watching the news from Iraq.

And yes, I say that as polls close in Iraq, as men are being allowed to cast their wives' votes, as the death toll of Americans and Iraqis continues to spiral upward, as the insurgency shows no signs of abating, and as the president tries to appease his domestic critics with the same platitudes we've heard since before the invasion.

Bush Must Be Defeated” by Dan Bern from the album My Country II (3:58).

"His good-bye coffee heated / His White House bed short-sheeted…"

Updated to clarify a point.