The Wingers Defeatist Alternative
by Jerome Armstrong, Sun Dec 26, 2004 at 08:32:38 AM EST
You can tell they are conservative, because they predict only an additional 1000 US troops past the 1000 at their time of writing, to die in Iraq over the next 5 years. But Bush will lead past 2000 deaths in Iraq by the end of 2005.
I agree with their view that we should just get out. The Bush administration seems content to create another Vietnam-like situation, where we invest in creating a Iraq gov't and army that cannot defeat the insurgents any better than American forces have been able to do so. But staying the course, with all the loss of life and money, is the most dangerous route, as it invests those families and resources into a losing cause, spiraling down into a defeatism that sees only one way out. Which this issue of their mag speaks toward:...the Bushites now see democracy's spread as necessary for America's own survival. The world, particularly the Muslim world, must become democratic now, or we will perish. The neoconservatives in the administration believe that democracy will spread only if the president commits more and more troops to Iraq and topples the regimes in Tehran and Damascus. As alarming as the neoconservatism of Rumsfeld, Cheney, Perle, Wolfowitz, Feith, Danielle Pletka, and John Bolton is, more alarming is the spirit that has spread in its wake--a kind of neoconservativism without a graduate degree.
You see it on certain blogs and hear it in the rants of some of the most widely listened to right-wing talk-radio hosts. If the Arabs don't want to be democratic, we should nuke them. We have no choice but to nuke them for our own safety. It's a vulgarized neoconservatism --no one from the American Enterprise Institute speaks like this (in public). But this talk is around in the heartland and growing, and it is wind in the sails of the new administration.Yea, it's on certain blogs, like the one the Washington Post (which just bought Slate) continues to market as the "Best International" blog (Little Green Footballs).