From DarkSyde at Kos, regarding a rumored troop pullout from Iraq in early 2007:
Two observations if this does play out: 1) Murtha was right, 2) The Republicans Lost the War. Remember that last point when the GOP/Rove machine cranks up to blame the ensuing chaos in Iraq on Democrats or administration critics. It really says it all.
The Democrats have to be first out of the box on this — they really need to start right now. Bush started an unnecessary war, lost it, killed tens of thousands of Iraqis and thousands of Americans, and left the world in a much worse place than it had been when he started. END OF STORY.
There will be recriminations. We have to get our version out there first and loudest. We have the advantage of being right, but they’re the ones with the big propaganda machine.
It’ll be tough. We’ll hear the “stabbed-in-the-back” whine again, with a vengeance — worse than after Vietnam. We can’t count on things staying legal. If you read the loopier far-right sites, a lot of them are hoping for civil war, and not all of those guys are wankers. Some of them are survivalist gun-collecters with military experience.
We can’t be gentlemen about this. There must be blame and there must be recriminations. Bush’s criminal associates should be jailed. His enablers in the press should be fired. His Republican enablers, the so-called moderates and honest conservatives who supported him for so long, should be skulking around shamefacedly, hanging their heads and begging for forgiveness. (And some of the Democrats too).
Someone is going to be punished, and if it’s not them, it will be us.
(And also — if you’re able to get dual citizenship somewhere, do so. )
Instapundit: “The press had better hope we win this war, because if we don’t, a lot of people will blame the media”.
It won’t just be the media that “a lot of people” will blame. I’ve never linked to Instapundit before, but he gives you a pretty good idea which way the fascist branch of the libertarians will fall when the chips are down.