Saturday, November 24, 2007

The Stab That Failed

The Stab That Failed
By Noemie Emery

Eagerly anticipating the defeat in Iraq to which they are so much attached, some on the left have also been preparing for another contingency: the assault that they think they see coming, a drive to pin the whole wretched failure on them. Apparently, this will be "stab in the back" redux, a new iteration of the theme deployed so successfully in interwar Germany by a resourceful, ambitious Austrian corporal, who managed to propel his rise to power with the claim that World War I would have been won by his country, if not for sinister forces at home. Then, it was subversion by Jews and other disloyal elements.

This time, in the left's imagining, the blame will fall on the press and the Democrats who, by pulling the plug at just the wrong moment, caused the loss of Iraq. "Nobody I know in a rational condition believes that the United States is going to have any kind of a military victory," Mark Shields said in August. "So the idea is going to be, 'We were on the cusp of victory and the rug was pulled out from under us by these willy-nilly, weak-kneed, nervous Nellies back home.

The problem with this is (1) that we may really win, and have no failure to blame upon anyone, and (2) that the nervous Nellies really did try to keep us from winning, indeed fought fang and claw to derail our best efforts. If they had had their way, Iraq would still be the quagmire they are so fond of invoking, and the United States--or George W. Bush, which may be the more relevant factor--would have incurred a definitive and, at least in his case, legacy-blasting defeat.

It is unfair of course to call this a stab in the back, as the Democrats have been engagingly open about their intentions. In the course of the past year, they have gone from attacking a plan that had not been effective to attacking one that hadn't been tried yet, to attacking one that exceeded all expectations, while in the process ignoring reality, slandering a commanding general, and denying American forces in battle due credit for what they had done. If not backstabbing as such (see above), it is diverting enough a spectacle to merit a replay. Let us look back at this last year of battle and see how the story played out.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

"All revolutions devour their children'''. If things keep improving in Iraq and the election still a full year away, things will get really ugly for the dems and the unholy alliance they've made for themselves with the Soros/Move.On crowd. The Republicans need to keep hammering the dems with this. J'Mac.

9:25 PM  
Blogger FairestWitness said...

Wow, this was a killer article, VerityInk!

Excellent, absolutely SUBERB!

6:48 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Yes, I made the best graphic indicating what Noemie wrote!

8:21 AM  
Blogger FairestWitness said...

You always do come up with great graphics, VerityInk! That's one of the best things about your blog!

9:18 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

That's so nice of you to say, FW! Blogger doesn't give much of us a choice, but I camp out here the best I can!

9:29 AM  

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