Sunday, February 20, 2005

I shook my head over this headline about McCain and Clinton: "U.S. senators are upbeat on Iraq despite attacks". Hillary seems to think she has a chance at the presidency in '08. I don't think we need Senator Pollyana in the Oval Office. Even The Associated Press, in quoting Clinton, couldn't resist some unwonted irony.
"The concerted effort to disrupt the elections was an abject failure. Not one polling place was shut down or overrun," Clinton told reporters inside the U.S.-protected Green Zone, a sprawling complex of sandbagged buildings surrounded by blast walls and tanks.
Perhaps the irony wasn't deliberate, but either way, the dark humor wasn't lost on me.
Just when the united Dem front against social security privatization suggests that our side might be stiffening its backbone, Mrs. Clinton decides to publicly pretend that civil war in Iraq is not necessarily imminent. It's difficult to say whether she and other likeminded Dems are wishful thinkers or just afraid of appearing unpatriotic. Supporting social security is obviously patriotic. Democratic congressmen can handle that. But with "Support Our Troops" magnets on every fourth car in the nation, criticizing our presence in Iraq is an iffier proposition. Every American has seen film of military funerals from past wars. A solemn drum cadence marks time as the flag draped over the coffin is folded and handed to the family. Such scenes are part of our national consciousness, so not "supporting the troops" is risky. Supporting them by suggesting that those deaths are wasted and that we ought to bring our soldiers home takes more guts than Mrs. Clinton has. Or maybe she actually believes Iraq isn't a disaster.


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