Rats Deserting the Sinking Ship
“Our mission [in Iraq] has failed.”
“Staying the course is pointless, and it’s time to start thinking about Plan B — how we might disengage with the least damage possible.”
“We do need a president who, I think, is intellectually curious. And that is a big question, whether George W. Bush has the intellectual curiousness — if that’s a word — to continue leading this country over the next couple of years.”
“Foreign policy realists considered Middle East stability the goal. The realists’ critics, who regard realism as reprehensibly unambitious, considered stability the problem. That problem has been solved.”
All right, who are these cut-and-run, Blame America First whiners? The above quotes are from, respectively: William F. Buckley, Thomas Friedman, Joe Scarborough and George Will. A real hotbed of anti-American activism, eh?
On Scarborough’s TV show, a recent topic was whether “George Bush’s mental weakness is damaging America’s credibility at home and abroad.” For ten minutes during this show, a caption at the bottom of the screen said “IS BUSH AN IDIOT?”
When someone told Scarborough that other presidents had been called stupid, Scarborough replied “I think George Bush is in a league by himself. I don’t think he has the intellectual depth as these other people.”
Also jumping ship is Rich Lowry. In April of 2005 he wrote “It is time to say it unequivocally: We are winning in Iraq.” Just this month his bubbling enthusiasm changed to “Success in Iraq seems more out of reach than it has at any time since the initial invasion three years ago.”
Lowry also asked whether Iraq is “Bush’s Vietnam.”
Why do these conservatives hate America?