Dick "One Percent" Cheney fired the first salvo in a telephone interview yesterday with wire service reporters:
The thing that’s partly disturbing about it is the fact that, the standpoint of our adversaries, if you will, in this conflict, and the al Qaeda types, they clearly are betting on the proposition that ultimately they can break the will of the American people in terms of our ability to stay in the fight and complete the task. And when we see the Democratic Party reject one of its own, a man they selected to be their vice presidential nominee just a few short years ago, it would seem to say a lot about the state the party is in today if that’s becoming the dominant view of the Democratic Party, the basic, fundamental notion that somehow we can retreat behind our oceans and not be actively engaged in this conflict and be safe here at home, which clearly we know we won’t -- we can’t be. So we have to be actively engaged not only in Afghanistan and Iraq, but on a global basis if we’re going to succeed in prevailing in this long-term conflict. So it’s an unfortunate development, I think, from the standpoint of the Democratic Party to see a man like Lieberman pushed aside because of his willingness to support an aggressive posture in terms of our national security strategy.
Cheney, and now by extension every right-wing pundit that "Faux News" can round up for an interview wants to paint the Democrats as weak on terror because they are calling for the downsizing and eventual pullout of troops from Iraq and these pundits want the country to believe that the Lieberman defeat was proof that the far left, if winners in November would lead the US down the path of destruction at the hands of terrorists.
Now lets look at the facts, the majority of Americans want the US out of Iraq. It is a war based on lies and horrible intelligence that had up until we invaded, posed no serious threat to our national security. But since our invasion, over 2500 US troops have been killed, the country has become a killing zone for innocent civilians, and the lack of control over the area has allowed it to now become a proving ground for terrorist and extremists.
Because of our occupation of Iraq, Iran has had their biggest enemy in the area neutralized and the Iranians are now free to push their influence to the farthest reaches of the region as is being witnessed by their continued support of Hezbollah against Israel and their nuclear posturing with the US and the UN. They realize and probably rightly so, that with the US spread so thinly by the ongoing quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan, the worst thing that can be thrown at them are weak and ineffective UN resolutions.
And all of this is not even discussing that nut in North Korea, who decides from time to time whenever he feels like he isn’t getting enough attention, to lob a few mid and long range missiles in the air to let the world know he is still around.
The Democratic call for withdrawal from Iraq has nothing to do with the fight on terror and everything to do with getting our troops out of an untenable situation that is headed towards civil war. And while we are throwing most of our military resources at this self inflicted wound, the real crazies around the world are arming for the next shot that will be fired in the war on terror. We seemingly got lucky yesterday when the British foiled a possible operation aimed at us but luck only goes so far.
I am sorry to pee on the Cheerios of all the Bush/Cheney Kool-Aid drinkers, the Lamont win was a referendum by Connecticut voters against George Bush and his cronies and not part of some far left wing movement that threatens the safety of America. Democrats along with a growing majority of Americans have come to realize that Bush’s attempt at the fight against terror is ineffective at best and criminal at worst and that it is time to change tactics. The Lieberman loss could be only the first domino to fall as part of that Bush backlash with the remainder falling in November.