The Tipping Point
It’s as if the MSM still doesn’t understand that we are watching every day, every show, every column, and every wire report. I was amused last night to watch Ted “list the dead” Koppel and Tom “sky is falling” Friedman gleefully stuffing their faces with crow. I don’t know how they were able to speak while spitting all of those black feathers out, but somehow they managed. The topic of Nutline: Iraq, the Tipping Point. Three weeks after the fact they came together to note with very little in the way of surprise (surprisingly!) that the overwhelming success of the Iraqi elections ought to be seen as a seminal event in the Iraq War. How profound. It was as if they had known all along that the Iraqi people, like all humans since the dawn of Creation, yearn for freedom, and given the opportunity, would jump at the chance to grasp it despite the inherent risks. They went further to relate the historic concessions being made in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and popular uprisings in Lebanon against the Syrians correctly as outflows from the wave of freedom that began in Afghanistan, is cresting in Iraq, and is poised to crash along the shores of Middle Eastern despots from Morocco to Central Asia. Funny, I don’t remember hearing much of that rhetoric from those gentlemen over the past two years.
The titanic proportion of their collective wrongness is difficult to quantify with existing technology, but alas, I will make an attempt. What message was Mssr. Koppel conveying when he dedicated an entire episode of his long running liberal screed, er show to reading the names and showing the pictures of fallen US troops in Iraq? I dare say it was not a vote of confidence for the idea of the war, its goals, purposes, or intended outcomes. It was an election year ploy to cut the President off at the knees for having the courage and forbearance to face threats to the US with boldness and vision. A vision that Mssr. Koppel did not at that point possess, but plainly acknowledges today.
And then there is Mssr. Friedman; perched atop the Ivory Tower of liberal “thought” at the venerable Gray Lady. I recall that he has been somewhat less than supportive of the idea that transforming Iraq from dictatorship to democracy at the point of a gun would even be possible let alone contagious. What he failed to comprehend then and yet must freely acknowledge now is that the Iraqi people’s defiance of terrorist threats by claiming their franchise was the only action sufficient to frame the insurgency in its proper light, a small minority of mindless killers and disgruntled Baathists.
I was not amused by their failure to grasp what 52% of America has always understood. I didn’t find the rank hypocrisy of the entire program all that funny either. The part that made me giggle was the total lack of awareness that they had both been so horribly and irretrievably wrong on so many levels and for such a long time. They were expounding on the reality of the situation in the region as if they had known all along it was going to turn out that way. Sure, they offered caveats and outs for themselves, but that was only an act of appeasement to what must be a daily growing legion of liberals who have the creeping suspicion that everything they “know” about the President and the War on Terror is wrong. The question now is what are these people going to do with that knowledge? One of two things I suspect. I hope that many of them like many of my readers (Peg C. et al) will complete the transformation from foaming at the mouth moonbat to foreign policy realist. I expect that many more will endure their crow in silence choosing to ask their barkeep, Howard Dean, for another shot of Kool-Aid to help choke down another bitter dish.
In the execrable words of Kos, “Screw them.”
UPDATE: Martin Kettle writing in the Guardian makes my point with startling aplomb...
The [Iraq] war was a reckless, provocative, dangerous, lawless piece of unilateral arrogance. But it has nevertheless brought forth a desirable outcome which would not have been achieved at all, or so quickly, by the means that the critics advocated, right though they were in most respects.Schizophrenic liberalism at its finest folks!
h/t Belmont Club