Everyone’s a critic

October 10th, 2006

I’ve heard Democrats critcize George Bush for calling Iran, generic viagra unhealthy Iraq, sildenafil hospital and North Korea the Axis of Evil.

(Although Iraq and North Korea seem to have been doing everything they could to live up to the moniker ever since.)

I’ve heard Democrats critcize him for using military force in Iraq.

I’ve heard Democrats critcize him for the failure of diplomacy with Iran and North Korea.

In fact, help the one thing I haven’t heard from the Democrats is anything constructive.

What are their ideas? Where are their suggestions? If force fails AND diplomacy disappoints, what IS the solution?

Criticism is easy, but it’s no substitute for courage.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. scott  |  October 10th, 2006 at 2:40 pm

    I’ve heard Republicans complain that Democrats don’t know how to sell their agenda, but I’ve also heard Democrats complaining that Republicans don’t know how to govern.

    When everything you do turns out to be wrong, it’s nothing but a dodge to say “well the other guy has no better ideas!”

    And anyway, I think Democrats have lots of good ideas if they’d only articulate them better. The one spot where things get tough is Iraq. Bush has gotten us into a situation which may not have a good ending no matter who controls Washington. The Republican approach seems to be “ignore reality,” while the Democratic approach seems to be “point at the failures and hope to reap political gain from it.” I, too, wish someone would come a long with a brilliant plan to make everything okay.

  • 2. Fuzz Martin  |  October 11th, 2006 at 6:13 am

    …and in scott’s response – the same rhetoric.

    When everything you do turns out to be wrong, it’s nothing but a dodge to say [sic] “well the other guy has no better ideas!”

    Funny, scott, I didn’t see a plan in your entire response, either. All I read was same trite criticism Elliot was talking about.

  • 3. scott  |  October 11th, 2006 at 7:46 am

    I can hardly be blamed if you have gotten us into a highly uncertain mess with no clear options for good outcomes. Nevertheless, I have written about this before, here. This is an excerpt:

    I have already said that I think pulling every last soldier out of Iraq by next week might not be the best strategy. On the other hand, I fail to see what our current course is accomplishing, aside from being a great recruiting point for al Qaeda. [I’m good! This was even prior to the NIE!] I guess my course of action would be this: I would get together all my advisers, military leaders and foreign policy strategists. I would put them in a room and instruct them to come up with three different strategies that they would pitch to me one at a time. Likely as not there would be some sort of criteria set for our troops to begin leaving Iraq. Whether it‚Äôs time-based or event-based, … I would have only one criteria for being included in my what-to-do-in-Iraq task force: if you still think invading Iraq was a good idea you can‚Äôt be in it. If, on the other hand, you‚Äôve got a firm enough grip on reality to admit it was a bad blunder, you‚Äôre in.

  • 4. scott  |  October 11th, 2006 at 7:59 am

    I‚Äôve heard Democrats critcize him for using military force in Iraq….What are their ideas? Where are their suggestions? If force fails AND diplomacy disappoints, what IS the solution?

    I’m not sure what “criticize him for using military force in Iraq” means. After all, almost elected Democrats supported it. If you mean Democrats on the street are suggesting after the fact that it was a mistake to use military force, sure. Count me in on that. It was a mistake.

    I’m allowed to say that even if I have no concrete plan to extricate ourselves from this fiasco. If you as a doctor amputated the wrong limb from your patient would it be unacceptable of me to point out your incompetence simply because I had no plan to fix it?

    Your criticism is fair, however: Democrats have no clearly delineated, concrete plan to make Iraq right. But I have two criticisms for you that trump it: 1) going in was a mistake which you seem unable to own up to, and 2) your “more of the same” plan is the surest recipe for failure I can think of.

  • 5. Administrator  |  October 11th, 2006 at 10:10 am

    I do think going to Iraq turned out to be a mistake.

    I say that with two caveats:

    1.) If the weapons that everyone thought were there were there, I would have a better opinion of the action.

    2.) I am disappointed that it turns out the Iraqi people are unable to rise above their own petty tribal affiliations and actually govern their country.

    On that note, I’d like to point out that the tribalism in the Middle East, the Balkans, Africa, etc…is a good reminder why the Left’s worshipping of multiculturalism in the 80s and 90s is such a dangerous trend.

    Also, I am not in favor of more of the same. I actually heard a Democrat put forward the idea of giving the Sunnis, the Kurds, and the Shiites their own states within a “federal” Iraq. His plan is the only idea I’ve heard with even a chance for success. Hell, the Kurds are already running their own country. All that’s left to do is separate the Shiites and the Sunnis.

  • 6. scott  |  October 11th, 2006 at 10:15 am

    I agree completely. I think that is in fact what will happen in the end, whether we facilitate it or not. Hopefully it will happen in an orderly fashion with a minimum of additional bloodshed.

  • 7. TC  |  October 11th, 2006 at 10:48 pm

    Well, said, scott and elliot. Are either of you running for office? No? Dang.

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