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Thursday, June 22, 2006


 

The best of the Democrats


The title of this post is not facetious. Sen. Tom Harkin really is one of the best of the Democrats, a guy who has taken good, and forceful, positions on many issues over the years. And last night on C-SPAN, I caught a bit of his speech on the subject of withdrawing troops from Iraq, and most of the speech was very good. But even this best of Democrats came out with this (I have to quote as best I can from memory; I haven't found it online so far):
"The unprovoked invasion of Iraq was a major strategic error. We took our eye off the ball."
The unprovoked, illegal invasion of another country and the subsequent death of more than 100,000 people was not an "error." It was (and is) a war crime, for which the perpetrators deserve a trial every bit as much as Saddam Hussein. Nor was Afghanistan a "ball" on which we had our eye. Invading another country, overthrowing its government, and killing thousands of its citizens in order to capture or kill someone who happened to be hiding in that country is every bit as illegal, and every bit as much a war crime, as the invasion of Iraq.

But even the best of the Democrats will never acknowledge those facts.

Update: And as for the Democrats who are to the right of Harkin (which is almost all of them), many of them continue to try to position themselves as "tougher" on "defense" than the Republicans:

[Bill Clinton's] former defense secretary William J. Perry has called on President Bush to launch a preemptive strike against the long-range ballistic missile that U.S. intelligence analysts say North Korea is preparing to launch.
Need I point out that such an act would be an act of war? An unprovoked act of war. A war of aggression. A war crime.


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