Lib Blog: Afghan support was a political tactic

It’s refreshing to hear the truth, even if the truth is a shameful one that played with the lives of our service people while politicians and pundits postured.

An astonishingly honest assessment — one that I fear is accurate — from the lefty blog Hullabaloo:

Escalation is a bad idea. The Democrats backed themselves into defending the idea of Afghanistan being The Good War because they felt they needed to prove their macho bonafides they called for withdrawal from Iraq. Nobody asked too many questions sat the time, including me. But none of us should forget that it was a political strategy, not a serious foreign policy.

There have been many campaign promises “adjusted” since the election. There is no reason that the administration should feel any more bound to what they said about this than all the other committments [sic] it has blithely turned aside in the interest of “pragmatism.”

Jim Geraghty:

We now know liberal bloggers never meant what they wrote about Afghanistan. We will soon know if the president meant anything he said about that war on the campaign trail.

Obama six months ago:

Al Qaeda and its allies — the terrorists who planned and supported the 9/11 attacks — are in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Multiple intelligence estimates have warned that al Qaeda is actively planning attacks on the United States homeland from its safe haven in Pakistan. And if the Afghan government falls to the Taliban — or allows al Qaeda to go unchallenged — that country will again be a base for terrorists who want to kill as many of our people as they possibly can.

Now…oh…it’s not that bad!

The Afghan war, the “good” war, the “war that needs winning” was -it turns out- just one more hammer meant to beat up Bush.

A very furious Ace:

“‘But none of us should forget that it was a political strategy, not a serious foreign policy.

You claimed to support a war in which American soldiers were fighting and dying, leaving friends and limbs on the battlefield, as a cynical political strategy?

You… um… voiced support of a real serious-as-death war to cadge votes out of a duped public?

We won’t forget, champ. And we won’t let you forget, either. Again we see a leftist projecting his pathological darkness on to others. They accused Bush of fighting wars for this very reason. And now, when it’s safe to say so (they think), they concede: We supported a war for the reason we accused Bush of doing so for 8 years.”

It’s called projection. Some do it constantly. Remember “Bush is going to declare martial law and cancel the elections!”

Show of hands, please, how many sort of suspected all along that the left was paying lip-service to Afghanistan, just to look serious and tough? :::mine:::

It is certainly refreshing to hear someone on the left admit it, and so I say Kudos, for that.

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