Questioning Common Wisdom

larre over at The Left Coaster provides a common sense retort to the conventional wisdom:

“Stay the course” in Iraq and the civil war we have ignited will go on as long as we are there. Pull out, and civil war will continue anyway. I see no third way. Not in a world where reality has a nasty habit of intruding on imperial fantasies.
Isn’t it time to acknowledge that precisely because there are no good alternatives, the United States should simply quit Iraq? Now?

A blunt and accurate truth that no Democrat dares speak:

Here’s another question about the common wisdom. Strictly from the standpoint of our own national interest, weren’t we far better off with a strong-man like Hussein controlling the intractable factions of Iraq and providing a counter-weight to the greater threat of Iran — as Bush’s father implicitly acknowledged by refusing to go on to Baghdad when he brought to an end the Gulf War and opted for controlling from “no fly zones” two thirds of Iraq?

Bilmon focuses on how Bush’s speech writers manipulate the truth with adjectives, Same Old Same Old:

But I do want to take a longer minute to point out a subtle, and at times bizarre, shift in the propaganda rhetoric — one that, as predicted, appears to set the stage (or at least leaves the door open) for further negotiations with some of the bad guys. It starts with this line:

Iraq is the latest battlefield in this war. Many terrorists who kill innocent men, women, and children on the streets of Baghdad are followers of the same murderous ideology that took the lives of our citizens in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. (emphasis added.)

Many of them?? So what murderous ideology do the rest of them follow? Utilitarianism? This use of an adjective that’s at least several terrorists short of “all” or “every” is echoed in this line:

Some of the violence you see in Iraq is being carried out by ruthless killers who are converging on Iraq to fight the advance of peace and freedom. (emphasis added)

Digby picks up the same theme as Bilmon with an acerbic touch Same Old Same Old. Apparently it’s asking too much for Democrats to be as critical of Bush as David Gergen:

Is anybody watching Joe Biden saying that the president has leveled with the American people tonight (as opposed to Cheney and Rummy) and he hopes that it has bought him some time? Nice. Paula Zahn has been very skeptical of the speech, particularly all the 9/11 talk, but Joe very helpfully told her that Bush really did a pretty good job and that hopefully he’ll now have the time to fix the problems in Iraq. He was actually more supportive than David Gergen who was personally “offended” by the evocation of 9/11 but made the political judgment that it would work.

Can’t be too harsh about Fearless Leader. Wouldn’t be prudent:

Democrats are so helpful to the president. They’re still stinking traitors and all, but they are very nice people. They’ve managed to convince Blitzer and Zahn that their own reactions to the speech were too harsh.