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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Pay No Attention to The War Behind the Curtain

I skipped commenting on the Supreme Court's rulings yesterday and I'm going to take a permanent pass today; most of my thoughts have been already been covered elsewhere.

At any rate it's already old news, dropped by the media in favor of President Bush's press conference tonight. Even lovable loser John Kerry has crawled out of the woodwork to share the speech he would be giving this evening if Pro-Bush aliens at Area 51 hadn't hacked the voting machines in Ohio. The "speech" itself is that same old rhetoric that failed to get him elected last year, but what's missing is more interesting. The Democrats would like you to forget, but Iraq isn't the only war that's still being fought. Anyone remember Afghanistan?

The last time that conflict received any real press was when Nancy Pelosi triumphantly announced that "The war in Afghanistan is over"; triumphant not because America was victorious mind you, but because it meant we had to open the gates a Guantanamo and let the oppressed Taliban fighters free. Her argument might be worth debating if it wasn't for the pesky fact that the war in Afghanistan is still going on. Guess they don't cover that sort of thing in the San Francisco Chronicle.

As much as I'd like to chalk it up to pure ignorance, I believe the Democrats are ignoring Afghanistan for a specific reason. The leaders of the Democratic party never have supported the War on Terror. Despite all the belly-aching about Rove's comments last week, if they had their way we'd have never entered into war with Afghanistan or Iraq. Instead we would have taken the Clinton approach to the bombing of the USS Cole or the American embassies in Africa: lob a few bombs, make some arrests and call it a day.

After 9/11 however, the American public would never support that approach, so the Left needed to play along. Enter Afghanistan, a popular war that Dems could always keep in their back-pockets if something like Rove's remarks were ever leveled at them. This strategy creates a problem however, since it effectively hampers their ability to critique future conflicts. The solution? Create a public perception that "their" war was a big success: clean, quick, and painless. At the same time, paint any other conflicts as bloody, costly, and a quagmire.

So far the strategy is working, but President Bush has the opportunity tonight to refocus the debate. While he will certainly talk up all our successes in Iraq, he needs stress that the War Against Terror is ongoing all over the world, and pulling out of Iraq doesn't solve any problems, it just makes one worse. Democrats have created a false perception of this war; it's time to pull back the curtain.

10 Comments:

Blogger Nedhead said...

So far the stategy is working? What are you talking about? Bush doesn't talk up Afghanistan, so it must be all peaches and cream, no?My question is, if Afghanistan is so important why hasn't the administration pushed it to the forefront? This administration is quite efficient at throwing out distractions to the bigger issues, so if Afghanistan is a successful mission, why haven't they advertised it? I haven't heard Rumsfeld, Cheney, Bush or Rove say anything substantial about Afghanistan recently. Why? Is the left that powerful? The left
hasn't stopped them from saying a lot of other silly things recently.

"After 9/11 however, the American public would never support that approach, so the Left needed to play along."

The left NEEDED to play along? How about wanted to play along? How about wanted to take decisive action? The left is just as patriotic as the right. If one course of action fails you try another. Therefore, after 9/11 the left agreed to try and play by different rules. Maybe a lesson the current administration could borrow from? You know, most republicans supported our past efforts at controlling terrorism, failed or not, prior to 9/11. You say that we can't blame Bush for all the problems of today, yet you can blame left? Odd how this left group still votes in favor of paying for our little adventure in Iraq.

I don't know, man. Can you ignore the polls? Do you believe they are completely wrong? Is actually that a majority of Americans support the conflict in Iraq? Maybe people aren't screaming about Afghanistan because it is not a problem to them. It is a conflict that the public supports. The clamoring is about a situation that more and more people are getting tired of, that is Iraq.

6/28/2005 08:59:00 AM  
Blogger Brash Limburg said...

OK Ned, lot to cover here:
"if Afghanistan is so important why hasn't the administration pushed it to the forefront?"

My whole point. I don't know, but I think they should.

"Therefore, after 9/11 the left agreed to try and play by different rules. "

I simply don't believe this. Read what Kennedy, Pelosi, Kerry etc. have to say about The War On Terror. They do and always have rejected the big idea, Afghanistan was only acceptable as a police action (to capture the Taliban and Bin Laden).

"Do you believe they are completely wrong? Is actually that a majority of Americans support the conflict in Iraq? "

A point I ceded (even linked to the poll), but again, that's my whole point. American's get skittish about any war where soldiers are being killed. If Iraq is painted as a bloodbath everyday and Afghanistan as a peaceful success, how can you be surprised by the polls?

6/28/2005 09:10:00 AM  
Blogger Nedhead said...

I agree that Afghanistan is not covered as it should by the media. I think we both can agree about the failings of the media in general. Iraq just makes for better headlines.

The little conspiracy theorist in me wants to say that the administration doesn't want Afghanistan advertised because it isn't a glowing success and is therefore suppressing media coverage. Possible?

6/28/2005 09:33:00 AM  
Blogger Greg Mills said...

The Liberal Elite might be behind some of this. It was the Trilaterists behind the Ohio voting machines.

6/28/2005 09:59:00 AM  
Blogger Brash Limburg said...

"The little conspiracy theorist in me wants to say that the administration doesn't want Afghanistan advertised because it isn't a glowing success and is therefore suppressing media coverage. Possible? "

Impossible, if they could do that then Iraq "carnage" wouldn't be above the fold each day.

6/28/2005 10:46:00 AM  
Blogger Greg Mills said...

Iraq is certainly a more telegenic war. I'm only being partly snide here.

I'm guessing the infrastructure is more evolved in Iraq. The gov't set up a fairly kick ass media center, so the big news organizations could hunker down and squat with a minimum of effort. And most journalists are not above enjoying clean sheets vs. bullets.

I think the consipracy here is one of laziness and journalistic groupthink that the "story" is in Iraq. Which is perverse and stupid. I also think you'd find more American schmoes sympathic to the Afghan war. The dynamics are a lot more clear cut.

6/28/2005 10:55:00 AM  
Blogger Crackpot Press said...

What about THAT war In Afghanastan?

I haven't heard ANY reports on the Bin Ladin front except for the monthly "We almost got him" report?

Dont you think we should have wrapped that war before going into the one didn't need to?

6/28/2005 02:56:00 PM  
Blogger BZTV said...

Nicely written blog. It would be nice if the Dems had a coherent vision of the War on Terror so it could be contrasted with Bush's. So far, though, no go.

6/28/2005 03:35:00 PM  
Blogger Brash Limburg said...

No crackpot, I don't. One man isn't going to break the back of these people and that's what I'm interested in.

6/28/2005 04:26:00 PM  
Blogger Brash Limburg said...

Thanks for compliment BZ. I get a lot of liberal readers, although none have offered said vision yet.

6/28/2005 04:30:00 PM  

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