Sunday, November 20, 2005

No, No, The Cloud is Silver!

From today's National Review Online, the main-page header to Victor Davis Hanson's piece:

"Fair-weather war supporters forget their own history."

I must've been catatonic during this fair-weather interval, where everything about the war was falling into place, going off without a hitch. But that aside, articles of this sort are now the hard archetype of hawk commentary - a partisan, face-saving rescue mission sneaking past any serious argument about the reasoning and execution of the Iraq war. Hanson has always struck me as a little too big for his britches - learned, erudite, and wrong in just about all his meaningful opinions.

The whole article reeks of despair. Of the cowards in Washington who have begun the chastening work of rethinking their early support of the war, Hanson has this to say:

"This is the mantra of the extreme Left: "Bush lied, thousands died." A softer version from politicians now often follows: "If I knew then what I know now, I would never have supported the war." These sentiments are intellectually dishonest and morally reprehensible for a variety of reasons beyond the obvious consideration that you do not hang out to dry some 150,000 brave Americans on the field of battle while you in-fight over whether they should have ever been sent there in the first place."

Leave aside that the mantra of the extreme Left he cites happens to be incontrovertible - that dishonesty prevailed at several intervals, especially on the part of the vice president, in whom the president has reiterated his complete trust. What can be culled from this paragraph is a simple suggestion: now that soldiers are in Iraq for a long, long time, Congress ought to do the patriotic, noble thing and presume its own rightness in sending them there, and it's own imperviousness to objections. Because, after all, this sort of thing is little but the heckling of Marxist saboteurs.

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