Sunday, December 11, 2005

"Take Down This Ad Immediately"

So says Democratic Senator Daniel Inouye, the Ranking Member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his service in World War II, in a statement yesterday:

"As a Veteran of World War II, I know what it’s like to fight a war and put your life on the line every day. I also know what it takes to win a war, and I know that politics and an attack machine like the President’s plays no part in it.

"The Republican Party’s latest ad is a shameful and disgusting attempt to distract the American people from the problems in Iraq. It may improve the President’s political fortunes, but the American people and our troops will pay the price. I hope that President Bush realizes how shameful it is to play politics when what we really need is leadership, and that he will direct his Party to take down this ad immediately."

Well, we can officially call the GOP's ad a smashing success. The Dems have been caught red-handed advocating their defeatist stance on the war, which certainly does not help their credibility with the American people, who want a victory in Iraq. The Dems realize this, and so they bring out another military veteran to try and uphold their image.

The message from the Dems essentially is: "Although we hold to these positions of surrender and defeat, we do not wish this to be publicly acknowledged information. Instead, we'd rather try to uphold an image that casts us as vigilant watchdogs, ensuring that the administration does not lie and/or cheat the American public. Any information that does not further this image is highly damaging to our cause, so we will do all we can to keep it under wraps."

Thus the Dems bring out another talking-head military veteran, this time in the form of Sen. Inouye, to ensure that their "surrender now" policy exposed by the GOP ad is not what the Dems really think. The truth is, the Democrats aren't talking about how to win the Iraq war, but instead how to get out of the country as fast as possible. The Dems would rather we abandon the war in Iraq altogether.

John Hinderaker takes on Sen. Inouye and the Dems' ill-advised logic:

Inouye says the ad seeks to "distract the American people from the problems in Iraq." Actually, of course, there is no chance the American people will forget that there are problems in Iraq, since nearly every news report about the country focuses exclusively on those problems. What Inouye wants is for all the news to be bad all the time, and for the Republicans to refrain from pointing out that in fact, notwithstanding the problems, we are not losing in Iraq. We are winning. It is not defeat in Iraq the Democrats fear, it is victory. They are scared to death that it is happening before their eyes.

Finally, Inouye denounces the Republicans for "playing politics" on Iraq. This is hilarious. The ad shows Democrats saying that we have no chance to win in Iraq and should pull out. How is it "playing politics" to let the American people know what the Democrats are saying? Are the Democrats ashamed of their own words? And why isn't it "playing politics" when the Democrats launch one false, vicious attack after another against the administration, but only when the administration defends itself?

Democrats have never done anything but play politics with Iraq, and for them to argue otherwise is to acknowledge an utter disregard for the truth.