July 05, 2005

Kondracke on Democratic Defeatism

Some helpful advice for the Democratic Party from Mort Kondracke:

Unless they can't help themselves, it strikes me as political madness for Democrats to declare that the Iraq war is an "intractable quagmire" or a "grotesque mistake." If the war turns out to be a disaster — and let's pray it doesn't — then voters will repudiate Republican foreign policy in 2006 and 2008, and Democrats will be the beneficiaries. So why should some Democrats now be acting as though they want to see their country lose a war? Why should they say things that may undermine the morale of U.S. forces and our Iraqi allies and contribute to a U.S. defeat? And why should they reinforce the image of their party as being so hopelessly force-averse that it can't be trusted to lead on foreign policy?

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Bush's policies may fail on their own because they were misconceived or badly executed. What shouldn't happen is for U.S. policy to fail because Americans lose their will. Bush's critics, the Democrats, should tell him how to win, not declare that the cause is lost.

Sounds smart to me... too bad the Decrats will ignore it.
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