January 30, 2005
I was with one of my good friends last night, sometimes commenter MKID. He’s a middle of the road kind of guy, hawkish of foreign policy though skeptical of the need for the Iraq war, and he wanted Kerry to win the election (though not bad enough to actually go vote). He’s decidedly not a Bush fan but he said something that I hear few Bush haters say: he wants the president to succeed in everything he does. He may not agree with Bush’s plans or policies, and he will voice his disagreement, but he wants America to do well, no matter who is president or what party is in the majority. He was hoping for the Iraqi elections to go well and for our purpose in Iraq to succeed.
Meanwhile, over on Daily Kos, the vitriolic left is gleeful over any setback. Violence is highlighted and rehighlighted. Kos weighs in with a timeless ‘This war is long past lost.’ How anyone could have watched the beautiful event that happened in Iraq today and not be touched is beyond me. Something amazing has happened in Iraq. People went to the polls to choose their own leadership for the first time in half a century. The days of there being one guy on the ballot are over. They control their own destiny. Is it going to be tough? Of course. But, what kind of animal do you have to be to hope for failure? These are the liberals of today? Wasn’t liberalism once tied to compassion and hope? Didn’t they once want freedom and justice and liberty for all? Does it not include Iraq just because George W. Bush wants the same thing? Doesn’t rooting against democracy in Iraq directly contradict liberal principles? Are there still any admirable principles left?