The unspeakably dishonest Atrios is, without a doubt, an enemy of the Brownback campaign. But in a larger, more important sense, he is also an enemy of the war in Iraq, and, by extension, American security and freedom.
Case in point: he criticizes a perfectly reasonable Washington Post article, an article that points out the innumerable atrocities of Saddam and urges that Americans look beyond the facile Bush Derangement Syndrome of the Left, toward the truth of the matter:
The easy way out is to blame President Bush, Vice President Cheney or former defense secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld: The decision was right, the execution wrong…
But the war might have spun out of control even under wiser leadership. Decisions that seem so obviously wrongheaded now, such as disbanding the Iraqi army or deploying too few troops, had smart people arguing both sides at the time. Even a larger force might not have stopped the looting; total forgiveness of Baathist officers might not have forestalled Sunni insurgency or might have spurred the Shiites into rebellion. Wars unleash unpredictable and ugly forces, even short and “successful” wars. The United States is still paying a price for the betrayal of Shiites and Kurds after the Persian Gulf War; U.S. forces remain bogged down in Afghanistan after dislodging the Taliban regime in that brilliant, brief campaign of 2001.
If anything, the article slants sharply to the Left, by criticizing Bush for perfectly sensible decisions whose wisdom has born fruition in the vibrant, diverse, and rapidly improving Iraq we currently enjoy. Yet, the fact that the article was probably written in partial collaboration with his ideological colleagues counts for nothing with Atrios:
While public opinion has shifted immensely, and large numbers of Democrats in Congress are pushing for us to get out, the fact remains that the Very Serious People in Washington, as represented by Fred Hiatt, are still all for sending other people off to die to find the pony they know is there. The editorial the Post had out yesterday will be recycled for next year’s anniversary, with little changed.
People like Atrios are the Fifth Column, the enemy within America whose boisterous support encourages our enemy overseas. If Bush has made a national security error, it was failing to take the leftists into sufficient consideration when he said, ” There is only one course of action against them: to defeat them abroad before they attack us at home.” It is the single greatest error this otherwise-wonderful Administration has effectuated, and I pray that pray that the coming Brownback Administration rectifies it forthwith.