Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Mark Brown bravely asks "What if Bush was right about Iraq?" The Washington Post asks "Who Gets Credit in Iraq?" which logically seems to imply an acknowledgement that something for which one would want credit actually happened. But even while both of these seem to imply some degree of common perception with us Bush supporters, a read of the contents leaves me not so sure.
Mr. Brown's article contains many poisoned gems, such as (all emphasis added):
- characterizing the Iraqi enthusiasm for the election as the "first clear sign that freedom really may mean something to the Iraqi people"
- musing on "this brave new world we are forcing on [the Iraqis]"
- the obligatory question if "Bush is willing to allow the Iraqis to install a government that is free to kick us out"
The Washington Post's piece is even more fun filled. After being forced to recognize the significance of the elections and acknowledge that many view it as a vindication of Bush's policies, they unquestioningly jump to the other aisle with the following claim:
"The more common view is that the election vindicated the political vision of Ayatollah Ali Sistani" (emphasis added)"More common" among whom? I'm not the final authority, but I've not seem this idea put forward anywhere else. For a "common view" it certainly is keeping covert. Oh, a reporter from the UK opined that "[t]he reason there was a poll [Sunday] was that the U.S., facing an increasingly intensive war against the five million Sunnis, dared not provoke revolt by the 15 to 16 million Shia." In that case it must be not only the most common but also the most accurate assesment. Never mind that Bush has not only stated from the beginning that our goal was to hold elections as soon as feasible and that he adamently opposed any delay once the schedule had been set.
Are we again seeing the ascendancy of the Democrats' well-developed defense by denial? One might easilly look to theabove examples as the political left yet again denying the obvious when it rebuts their position. I believe, however, we are seeing instead more evidence of the forced perspective they impose upon themselves. Let's review the base assumptions upon which the above commentary is built:
- the United States is wrongfully imposing its will upon the Iraqi people
- the Iraqi campaign was always fated to fail and America woul dhave to retreat in shame
- the President (and his croneys) never really intended to give Iraqis their freedom from the start
- the vast majority of Iraqis want nothing more than for the US to go away and leave them alone
Mark Brown is still wondering "about a timetable for [Bush's] exit strategy," never grasping that the only acceptable "exit strategy" is tied not to a timetable but to an event: victory. The Post says that Bush's adversaries "believe that Iraqi voters have seized the elections as the best means of thwarting U.S. domination of the country." Despite Mark Brown's consiliatory lede, both articles still rely upon their old assumptions that are rooted in the other assumption that Bush is bad and he can do no good. Perhaps denial is at the root, but the real symptom evidenced is a complete unwillingness to even question the wisdom and validity of their own assumptions. If this is denial or monumental arrogence, it still has the same effect.
Among the pundits, though, I think the most accurate prediction was actually made by Jon Stewart, when he said
"What if Bush, the president, ours, has been right about this all along? I feel like my world view will not sustain itself and I may ... implode."I don't think he'll be alone.
(hat tip: link meister Glenn Reynolds)