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Saturday, April 05, 2003

 

Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory


(Cross-posted from The Command Post Op-Ed)

How Liberals Will Attempt to Tell Us We Really Lost

Let's face it, this war is turning into the liberal nightmare. It's shaping up to be a relatively short, bloodless war that ousts Saddam from power and exposes the perfidy behind his regime. The left is reeling, realizing that the military option could very well validate what months and years of United Nations Resolutions and inspections have failed to prove: That Saddam's regime lied about the presence of prohibited weapons.

We would be naïve to assume that the left will sudenly become all sweetness and light, groveling at the feet of President Bush and admitting he was right and they were wrong. No, they will do anything to portray the successes of Operation Iraqi Freedom as an abject failure. There are a couple of possible lines of attack, and conservatives would do well to begin amassing the facts and data to refute what will undoubtedly be outrageous claims. Liberals, Old Europe and the media are already laying the groundwork.

Attack #1: Criticizing post-war Iraq
Even before the war is over, stories are appearing on the situation in post-war Iraq. The language bears an eerie resemblence to the rhetoric that preceded U.N. Security Council Resolution 1441 and the war itself.

Take these excerpts from an article on UPI:

"This is the battle for who controls post-Saddam Iraq, and it is shaping up as a confrontation between the United States and virtually everybody else, ranging from faithful coalition members to opponents of the war."

Sounds a lot like "America is acting unilaterally," doesn't it?

"French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin put it more succinctly. The United Nations, he said, 'must have the central role' in the political and economic reconstruction of Iraq."

In other words, whatever the U.S. does must have U.N., particularly French blessing.

"But the Bush administration is sharply divided over how much U.N. involvement is tolerable in the emergent Iraq and some observers are not at all sure Powell will be able to get White House approval even for this minimal role without a struggle."

It's Powell Doves vs Rumsfeld Hawks redux.

"There are several arguments why involving the United Nations in reconstructing Iraq makes sense, but surely the most compelling for the Bush administration is how politically damaging excluding the world body will be for its allies."

America has to play nice while a number of countries in Europe act like spoiled brats.

"As news of the Rumsfeld plan crosses the Atlantic, the unease in Europe grows."

Public opinion in Europe is more important than doing what is right.

'In the Arab world, the presence of U.S. soldiers in the streets of Baghdad long after the conflict is sure to aggravate public sentiment, already incensed by the war."

Of course, the "Arab Street" will explode, resulting in hundreds or thousands of bin Ladens/terrorists/uprisings/people who hate the U.S.

Instead of celebrating the fact that the U.S. has just gotten rid of an international pest, liberals, the media and Europe will be more concerned - as they usually are - with their own self-imporatnce and pocketbooks. French oil contracts with Saddam worth billions, which they would have gotten if Saddam remained in power and U.N. sanctions were lifted, are now vapor. France and Russia, previously Iraq's two largest conventional arms suppliers, will lose a big customer for military wares. Now they face the additional possibility of getting only a few crumbs in post-war raq instead of a slice of the pie. In addition, they simply cannot allow to stand any outcome that makes their previous opposition to the war look foolish, and with U.S. troops on their way into the heart of Baghdad, they could look very foolish indeed.

Some things never change. Even though the U.S. spent it's own blood and money to rid the world of yet another petty dictator - dragging the rest of the world along kicking and screaming - Old Europe once again drags out the same old tired rhetoric in an attempt to reap the benefits.

Attack #1: Criticizing post-war Iraq
Even before the war is over, stories are appearing on the situation in post-war Iraq. The language bears an eerie resemblence to the rhetoric that preceded U.N. Security Council Resolution 1441 and the war itself.

Take these excerpts from an article on UPI:

"This is the battle for who controls post-Saddam Iraq, and it is shaping up as a confrontation between the United States and virtually everybody else, ranging from faithful coalition members to opponents of the war."

Sounds a lot like "America is acting unilaterally," doesn't it?

"French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin put it more succinctly. The United Nations, he said, 'must have the central role' in the political and economic reconstruction of Iraq."

In other words, whatever the U.S. does must have U.N., particularly French blessing.

"But the Bush administration is sharply divided over how much U.N. involvement is tolerable in the emergent Iraq and some observers are not at all sure Powell will be able to get White House approval even for this minimal role without a struggle."

It's Powell Doves vs Rumsfeld Hawks redux.

"There are several arguments why involving the United Nations in reconstructing Iraq makes sense, but surely the most compelling for the Bush administration is how politically damaging excluding the world body will be for its allies."

America has to play nice while a number of countries in Europe act like spoiled brats.

"As news of the Rumsfeld plan crosses the Atlantic, the unease in Europe grows."

Public opinion in Europe is more important than doing what is right.

'In the Arab world, the presence of U.S. soldiers in the streets of Baghdad long after the conflict is sure to aggravate public sentiment, already incensed by the war."

Of course, the "Arab Street" will explode, resulting in hundreds or thousands of bin Ladens/terrorists/uprisings/people who hate the U.S.

Instead of celebrating the fact that the U.S. has just gotten rid of an international pest, liberals, the media and Europe will be more concerned - as they usually are - with their own self-imporatnce and pocketbooks. French oil contracts with Saddam worth billions, which they would have gotten if Saddam remained in power and U.N. sanctions were lifted, are now vapor. France and Russia, previously Iraq's two largest conventional arms suppliers, will lose a big customer for military wares. Now they face the additional possibility of getting only a few crumbs in post-war raq instead of a slice of the pie. In addition, they simply cannot allow to stand any outcome that makes their previous opposition to the war look foolish, and with U.S. troops on their way into the heart of Baghdad, they could look very foolish indeed.

Some things never change. Even though the U.S. spent it's own blood and money to rid the world of yet another petty dictator - dragging the rest of the world along kicking and screaming - Old Europe once again drags out the same old tired rhetoric in an attempt to reap the benefits.Attack #1: Criticizing post-war Iraq
Even before the war is over, stories are appearing on the situation in post-war Iraq. The language bears an eerie resemblence to the rhetoric that preceded U.N. Security Council Resolution 1441 and the war itself.

Take these excerpts from an article on UPI:

"This is the battle for who controls post-Saddam Iraq, and it is shaping up as a confrontation between the United States and virtually everybody else, ranging from faithful coalition members to opponents of the war."

Sounds a lot like "America is acting unilaterally," doesn't it?

"French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin put it more succinctly. The United Nations, he said, 'must have the central role' in the political and economic reconstruction of Iraq."

In other words, whatever the U.S. does must have U.N., particularly French blessing.

"But the Bush administration is sharply divided over how much U.N. involvement is tolerable in the emergent Iraq and some observers are not at all sure Powell will be able to get White House approval even for this minimal role without a struggle."

It's Powell Doves vs Rumsfeld Hawks redux.

"There are several arguments why involving the United Nations in reconstructing Iraq makes sense, but surely the most compelling for the Bush administration is how politically damaging excluding the world body will be for its allies."

America has to play nice while a number of countries in Europe act like spoiled brats.

"As news of the Rumsfeld plan crosses the Atlantic, the unease in Europe grows."

Public opinion in Europe is more important than doing what is right.

'In the Arab world, the presence of U.S. soldiers in the streets of Baghdad long after the conflict is sure to aggravate public sentiment, already incensed by the war."

Of course, the "Arab Street" will explode, resulting in hundreds or thousands of bin Ladens/terrorists/uprisings/people who hate the U.S.

Instead of celebrating the fact that the U.S. has just gotten rid of an international pest, liberals, the media and Europe will be more concerned - as they usually are - with their own self-imporatnce and pocketbooks. French oil contracts with Saddam worth billions, which they would have gotten if Saddam remained in power and U.N. sanctions were lifted, are now vapor. France and Russia, previously Iraq's two largest conventional arms suppliers, will lose a big customer for military wares. Now they face the additional possibility of getting only a few crumbs in post-war raq instead of a slice of the pie. In addition, they simply cannot allow to stand any outcome that makes their previous opposition to the war look foolish, and with U.S. troops on their way into the heart of Baghdad, they could look very foolish indeed.

Some things never change. Even though the U.S. spent it's own blood and money to rid the world of yet another petty dictator - dragging the rest of the world along kicking and screaming - Old Europe once again drags out the same old tired rhetoric in an attempt to reap the benefits.

Likewise, anti-war zealots will be upset that they gave up a couple Saturdays to play in traffic and now have nothing to complain about. Instead of going home and letting people get to and from work on time, their hatred of President Bush and lingering anger over the Florida 2000 fiasco will need relase, and what better target than de-legitimizing our victory in Iraq?

The end of the war will not mean the end of political attacks on America and the President for our spectacular success in Iraq. Liberals, Old Europe and the media aren't going to lose face now, and conservatives need to be ready with the truth.

To be continued...

"Today's report confirms that, despite White House scare tactics, Social Security remains sound for decades to come.."

-? Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV) upon hearing reports that the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds will go bankrupt even earlier than predicted.

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