Along the Tracks

Tuesday, March 05, 2002
 

The Anti-Polyannas


Is it just me, or does it seem like the war whiners have an innate, God-given ability to make “criticisms” at the precise moment before their words are proven false or irrelevant. In Greek mythology, Polyanna was the woman who could predict the future 100% accurately, but no one would believe her. These “critics” predict the future 100% inaccurately, yet the media keeps coming back for more.

A short (and admittedly incomplete) timeline may help:
Early November - The critics insist the air war is a failure and must be stopped for Ramadan and/or thousands of U.S. ground troops must be sent in; over the next few days, the Northern Alliance drives the shell of what’s left of the Taliban out of 90% of Afghanistan.
Early December - The critics say the battle for Kandahar is likely to be a drawn-out, bloody battle requiring, you guessed it, thousands of U.S. ground troops and will take weeks to months. It took days to a week, and required almost no U.S. troops.
Early March - Some Democrats come out full bore calling for an “exit strategy” and wonder aloud why Bush hasn’t consulted them on the “next phases” of the war. Almost simultaneously, the largest U.S. ground operation of the entire Afghan campaign commences, with American troops and their Afghan allies cornering a few hundred desperate al Qaeda willing to fight to the death.

These “criticisms” all looked to damage the Bush team’s credibility without actually offering anything to debate. Just as the advantage they seek through the statements is political, so too their own danger: If events do not follow their dire warnings, these whiners look both incompetent and partisan. The Dems don’t understand why they keep sinking across the board in the polls, but it sure seems clear to me: They are bogged down in a quagmire of negative, destructive politics, and can’t seem to find their way out. Politically speaking, this mind set is the Democrats’ Vietnam.


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