A Richly Deserved Smackdown

Hitchens delivers a vicious beating to the idiots on the left comparing Iraq to Vietnam:

I suppose it’s obvious that I was not a supporter of the Vietnam War. Indeed, the principles of the antiwar movement of that epoch still mean a good deal to me. That’s why I retch every time I hear these principles recycled, by narrow minds or in a shallow manner, in order to pass off third-rate excuses for Baathism or jihadism. But one must also be capable of being offended objectively. The Vietnam/Iraq babble is, from any point of view, a busted flush. It’s no good. It’s a stiff. It’s passed on. It has ceased to be. It’s joined the choir invisible. It’s turned up its toes. It’s gone. It’s an ex-analogy.

Heretofore, the advocates of the Vietnam analogy will be known as the Dead Parrot society.

I also suggest that ever time a Democrat tries to raise the specter of Vietnam, you quickly retort:

“Vietnam? You mean the Democrat conceived, Democrat initiated, and Democrat run war that is widely regarded as the only war the modern United States has ever lost? That Vietnam?”

Maybe that will slow the idiots down. Doubt it. But maybe.

The ‘Pre-buttal’

I guess they called it a ‘Pre-buttal’ because it provided noth Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi with opportunities to makes asses of themselves several days prior to the SOTU. At any rate, they were out in rare form:

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, hailed as “a milestone” Sunday’s Iraqi elections, when millions defied threats and went to the polls.

“But on Wednesday night,” Reid said, “the president needs to spell out a real and understandable plan for the unfinished work ahead: defeat the growing insurgency, rebuild Iraq, increase political participation by all parties … and increase international involvement.”

Without offering a timetable, Reid added, “Most of all, we need an exit strategy so that we know what victory is and how we can get there.”

Reid was far more restrained than Pelosi, who seems to exist to make Barbara Boxer and Patty Murray look Senatorial. At any rate, these new catcalls for an ‘exit strategy’ are simply idiotic, and all it really is is more of the same from Democrats- vacant statements that sound like something but mean nothing.

Folks- holding the elections yesterday, devising a constitution for Iraq, holding elections in the fall, training Iraqi policemen and soldiers, and battling the insurgency IS AN EXIT STRATEGY, and prematurely setting an artificial timeline is idiotic. If you don’t believe me, ask Norman Schwarzkopf (who was just on Hardball) what he thinks about these calls for troop withdrawal and a timetable for troop withdrawal:

It’s dumb.

When pressed to elaborate, the good General stated:

It’s just dumb.


Here is to wishing Hillary Clinton a speedy recovery. Never did I think the Democrats would so lose their way that Bill and Hillary Clinton would be beacons of sanity and hope.

*** Update ***

You can stop the prayers- just saw her on MSNBC joking about the incident. Back to our regularly scheduled demonization of all Democrats.


Tom Friedman was on Imus this morning, and based on his comments, I can guess that his column this week is going to draw the ire of lefties all over the place. You see, Friedman recognizes the elections in Iraq as precisely what they are- “a positive first step that no one should minimize.”

This runs counter to the new Democratic orthodoxy, so I expect he will be flamed accordingly.

Idiot of the Week

This week’s idiot of the week is none other than Lynn Woolsey. Check out the staggering incoherence.

The Meme Spreads

I see the lefty memes I warned about yesterday are beginning to spread.l Remember, the two memes are:

1.) “Just because ballots were cast it doesn’t mean it is going to lead to a democracy.”

2.) “What about the WMD? We went in after the WMD.”

From the consistently dyspeptic Eric Alterman, today:

Whats more, elections do not a democracy make, and democracy is not necessarily the first or most important thing needed in Iraq to make that country safer and more securemuch less to accomplish the goal of reversing the hatred of the United States sown across the Arab world by the malignant policies and pronouncements of the Bush administration.

I am not sure what is more annoying- that this is the best they can do to try and talk down the elections, or the assumption that we don’t realize it takes more than voting. I mean, after all, they had elections in Iraq before the invasion, and it was no Democracy. Hell- lkook at the coups staged by Karl Rove and Bushco here in 2000 and 2004!

No, elections do not a democracy make. But they are a pre-requisite, you pompous windbag.

Watch for this meme to spread- you will find it rolling off the lips of left-wing pundits over the next 48 hours as they regroup and get back on message.

*** Update ***

Mark Steyn flays the meme alive:

“No one in the United States should try to over-hype this election,” warned John Kerry yesterday before embarking on the world champion limbo dance of Iraqi election under-hyping.

He has a point. One vote does not a functioning democracy make. To be a truly advanced, sophisticated democracy you need an opposition party that knows how to react to good news by sounding whiny and grudging and moving the goalposts. “The real test is not the election,” he declared, airily swatting aside 8 million voters. “The real test is…”

I dozed off at that point, so I’m unable to tell you what moved goalposts the senator inserted. But no doubt they involved, as they always do, the Bush administration needing to “reach out” more effectively to involve the “international community”. “International community”, by the way, doesn’t mean Tony Blair, John Howard, the Poles, Japan, India, Fiji, et al but Jacques Chirac and Kofi Annan, a pantomime horse in which both men are playing the rear end. But, in an advanced, sophisticated democracy, that’s how we define the “international community”: no matter how many foreigners are in your coalition, it’s unilateral unless Jacques is on board.

I could kiss him.

Meme Control

It was a rough day for the members of the 101st Ankle-biting Brigade, as they were ambushed with good news from Iraq regarding a largely successful election. Bombarded with positive news stories all day, the soldiers of the loony left hunkered down trying to re-group. Fortunately, Brigade HQ has issued new marching orders, and all the units are once again marching in lock-step, singing cadence, and telling us why they found it impossible to be happy and optimistic for ONE DAY.

What has these soldiers marching again once in unison? Why, Iraq is just like Vietnam!!!! This is what has them gleeful:

U.S. Encouraged by Vietnam Vote :Officials Cite 83% Turnout Despite Vietcong Terror

by Peter Grose, Special to the New York Times (9/4/1967: p. 2)

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3– United States officials were surprised and heartened today at the size of turnout in South Vietnam’s presidential election despite a Vietcong terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting.

According to reports from Saigon, 83 per cent of the 5.85 million registered voters cast their ballots yesterday. Many of them risked reprisals threatened by the Vietcong.

The size of the popular vote and the inability of the Vietcong to destroy the election machinery were the two salient facts in a preliminary assessment of the nation election based on the incomplete returns reaching here.

You gotta love these guys. Someone actually spent the night digging through the NY Times just to find a reason to justify their behavior- because, after all, Iraq is JUST LIKE VIET NAM! General Kennedy said so!

My question is, what is your exuse for acting like assholes for the 24 hours before the Daily Kos issued your marching orders?

BTW- the beautiful thing about this clipping is that not only does it give them a reason to piss all over the elections, but it ties in nicely with the meta-narrative. Foolish right-wingers- we Democrats are so much smarter.