Sunday, August 27, 2006
# Posted 1:37 PM by Taylor Owen
First, the point that initial supporters of the war are more likely to place blame for the current predicament on the war’s conduct rather than on a revision of the first principle, is more true now than ever. This of course, applies to the war’s supporters in both parties. On the Democratic side, this has always been the means for recalcitrant hawks, such as Hillary, to appease an element of the base while not having to take back their vote. With primaries approaching, however, we are beginning to see the same from more and more moderate Republicans, with McCain notably tacking this way this week.
In this instance, I think the case against the "incompetence" theory is even clearer. Lots of people around the world suggested that
"Beginning to see the same from more and more moderate Republicans, with McCain notably tacking this way this week."
"Beginning?" McCain has been bashing Rumsfeld from the get go. Same is true of Kristol & Kagan at the Weekly Standard.
"Incompetence" isn't a dodge that critics came up with once elections started drawing closer.
I completely agree, re McCain. 'Incompetence' is however the vehicle with which many have criticized a war they initially supported without having to take personal responsibility for the things that have gone wrong. I also strongly suspect that there will be an upswing of such republican critiques of the administration in the next two months. We'll see though...Post a Comment