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A Party That Can’t Handle (Truthful) Criticism Can’t
Fight Al Qaeda...
Platt Liebau] 11/22/05
This is the pattern and the record of the Bush administration [on Iraq,
jobs, Medicare, schools, issue after issue -- mislead, deceive, make up the needed
facts, smear the character of any critics.
is that the president misled America when he sent us to war.
is lying. George W. Bush is lying. And they've been lying from
Bush and his lying band of imperialist greed-mongers exploited
and our national terror of other terrorist attacks to invade
a country that had nothing to do with the attacks on our country.
The quotes above encapsulate the quality of the discourse emanating from the
left in recent days. Disregarding the fact that elected officials had much
the same intelligence that the President did (and the intelligence they
didn’t have only strengthened the case for war), Democrats have decided
simply to assert that the President “lied” to secure the (overwhelming
and bipartisan) congressional support to go to war. Their only goal: Returning
to power, whatever the cost to the war on terror.
Carol Platt Liebau - Senior
Platt Liebau is editorial director and a senior member of tOR and CRO editorial
boards. She is an attorney, political analyst and commentator
based in San Marino, CA, and has appeared on the Fox News
Channel, MSNBC, CNN, Orange County News Channel, Cox Cable
and a variety of radio programs throughout the United States.
A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School,
Carol Platt Liebau also served as the first female managing
editor of the Harvard Law Review. Her web log can be found
[go to Liebau index]
isn’t beanbag, as the statements above attest.
The Democrats have deliberately and repeatedly impugned not only
to the President’s conduct of the war but also his motives
and integrity –while declining to rebuke even the wildest
statements coming from their supporters. Given those facts, it’s
amazing that Democrats would be so inordinately sensitive to
much less incendiary statements that criticize the policy of
retreat that many of them have been espousing.
week, Democrat Congressman John Murtha argued that Americans
begin withdrawing from Iraq as soon as it’s “practicable.” In
response, the Republicans offered a resolution that forced
Democrats to vote on whether troops should start coming home
Even being asked to cast a recorded vote in favor of the policy
that many had been supporting for weeks was too much for the
Democrats: “This is a personal attack on one of the best
members, one of the most respected members of this House and
it is outrageous," fumed Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass.
things really got hot during the debate on the resolution.
In her floor statement, Republican congressman Jean Schmidt
recounted a telephone conversation she received from a Marine
asked me to send Congress a message - stay the course. He also
asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message - that cowards
cut and run, Marines never do."
With that, according to the AP account:
The “Democrats booed and shouted her down - causing the
House to come to a standstill. Rep. Harold Ford, D-Tenn., charged
across the chamber's center aisle screaming that it was an uncalled
for personal attack. "You guys are pathetic. Pathetic," yelled
Rep. Marty Meehan, D-Mass.
Who are these people,
anyway? For months, even years, they charge George W. Bush
and Republicans generally with the gravest accusation
that can be leveled against elected officials: That they were
maliciously and deliberately indifferent to the lives of American
soldiers. And now, when Republicans finally repudiate their charges
and note (correctly, mind you) that a significant segment of
the Democratic Party does, indeed, want to cut and run from Iraq – well,
its members simply go to pieces.
Certainly, the Republicans
aren’t perfect. But if the
Democrats are counting on political victory next year based on
their current conduct, perhaps they’d better revise their
Through their own
statements on the Iraq war, they have shown themselves to be
either terminally dishonest about their own
reasons for having supported the war – or else unbelievably
gullible. And in the course of conducting the debate their accusations
have prompted, they have become perfect caricatures of the schoolyard
bully: People who are adept at handing out abuse, but completely
incapable of coping with the blowback that their own behavior
If the Democrats can’t handle being criticized by the
Republicans, how could we ever trust them to stand up to Al Qaeda – or
anyone else, for that matter? -one-
Carol Platt Liebau is a political analyst, commentator and tOR / CRO editorial
director based in San Marino, CA. Ms. Liebau also served
as the first female managing editor of the Harvard Law
Review. Her web log can be found at CarolLiebau.blogspot.com