So many told-ya-so's ...
by miker2008, Tue Jul 15, 2008 at 06:46:11 AM EDT
This just in: "U.S. Considers Increasing Pace of Iraq Pullout" (NYTimes.com)
The amazing thing, to me, is how so many people apparently were unable to predict this very action. Ok, so I'm 57 years old and have personally witnessed 10+ election cycles in my life time. Is that, alone, what made me able to predict with 99% certainty that Bush would be pulling out troops this Fall?
This election season has been marked by an uncommon lack of political savvy in the blogosphere and the mainstream media. People actually believing that Obama's speech to an anti-war rally in 2002 made him somehow prescient in international affairs? People actually believing that McCain's "100 years" comment meant anything more than the fact that we still have aircraft carriers stationed in Japan 60 years after the end of WWII?
How much of it is genuine cluelessness and how much is cynical manipulation of public opinion, is not clear. But some things are so obvious that one has to suspect disingenuousness (the alternative being outright stupidity). For example, people believing the Obama/Clinton prattle about troop withdrawals when the Command in Chief is a republican and can withdraw a few combat brigades any time he feels like it, and bring them home to tickertape parades in ... say ... late October? Thus is deflated the sad little democratic balloon. Never mind if the next republican president reinstates the troops (on some pretext or other) come February 2009.
Obama's jolt to the right on Iraq and other matters comes as no surprise, of course. He's just an ordinary pol and an extraordinary triangulator, but I suspect this is too little too late. He hooked his very small wagon to the wrong star. With zero foreign policy chops, it was obvious from the start that he needed to specialize in something else. Let him say something new about energy policy and the economy, steal some more good ideas from Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, and shut up already about Iraq.
And hey I'm no republican or troll, just a super-pissed-off democrat. All this stuff was so obvious from the start -- political science 101 -- yet the party got hijacked by its dumbest elements and got us into a fine jam.