The War Peace Chest

In the rewriting of history, post-war loose ends never happen, assistance to defeated nations never needed; aid to Germany following World War II never occurred, nor did we help rebuild Japan. In fact, the lack of assistance to a post-World War I Germany never led to Hitler’s rise. Or that’s what you would think after listening to the debate in Washington these days, spearheaded by leading Democrats.

Joining a chorus of other Democrats in what has become all too familiar, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi called further support of post-war cleanup an "$87 billion bailout of the failed Bush policy."

But in a March 30 edition of The San Francisco Chronicle, Pelosi said, "I don't have any intention of second-guessing the strategy of the commander in chief and those who are waging this war."

And unless I'm mistaken, the $87 billion needed to rebuild the Arab nation is the continuation of an Iraqi liberation and reconstruction effort by the United States. A despot removed in record time, a people liberated, civil society being brought around as we speak--and that's failure? I'd like to see what success is.

But consistency has never been the strong mark of some Democrats. Their stances shift like the political wind, changing when it is more advantageous to do so. And precisely because of constant media attention, this Iraqi war has become a perfect pedestal from which to condemn President Bush. Good news isn't sexy, and what's sexy about Iraq is soldiers dying and documented bits of failure. That's what sells the story--and that's what Democrats are selling.

Posted by Deleted Author at October 17, 2003 7:22 PM