My Kingdom For Plan
Marshmallow, our liberal denizen in chief, has earned our respect for his knowledge, research skills and feistiness. But I wonder openly and marvel at his claim that asking for an alternative to the President's plan is a 'cheap tactic.' Marshamallow is not engaging in simple name calling, for he reasons that "The gov. has billions of dollars and legions of intelligent folks who they can put to work problem-solving these issues" which is true, on its face. Further more, there are think tanks from both ends of the political spectrum that ponder all that goes on in Iraq and they too attack the problem.
Marshmallow then uses the great sport of baseball to make an analogy, and basically says that one does not need to pitch better than Bonderman to criticize Bonderman's pitching performance in a particular game. This statement is also true on its face. Marshmallow by using baseball to make a point has proven that he is a great American. However, I am not asking Gnossis to pitch. What I am asking him is, "What in particular can Bonderman do to improve his pitching?"
Now, back to Marshmallow's first argument, and why I think he is mistaken. His argument is that he claims the average citizen is not the entity from which a plan should be forthcoming. This is true. However, we as denizens of the web, are able to scour the websites of both major political parties, news outlets, think tanks, and university sites. We should to be able to find the 'loyal' opposition's counter proposal to how Iraq ought to be handled.
In other words a plan by the Democrats, if it exists, can be found. At the very least a detailed synopsis of a DNC proposal can be attained. I am more than happy to argue about this alternative solution to Iraq with all comers. It may very well be superior to our current course of action; it also is not incumbent upon me to find it. Recall in 2004 Kerry claimed definitively to have a plan.
If the Left wants to criticize the American policy in Iraq, then part of that critique must include how they would do it better. If a serious choice is to be given the American public, then it must be based on something more than "We ain't them.", or, "This is bad." Attacking the motives and character of the administration is also not a criticism of the policy. Furthermore a statement that it is the â€˜wrong warâ€™ while critical does not address the specifics of how the policy process could be improved or changed.
The Democratic strategery in the 2003 time frame was to claim that the Bush administration did not have a plan to win the war in Iraq. A plan was provided. In broad strokes, it involved training an Iraqi Army, standing up an Iraqi government, and, American help to rebuild the infrastructure of Iraq. Today 300,000 Iraqi troops, who are under their own command, are fighting alongside our men against the Iranian financed guerrillas. Iraq has had three elections, ratified a constitution and stood up a government. In this government the factions are bickering, jockeying for power, and behaving badly. Please note this description can be applied to our government as well. All is not well Iraq, the war goes on; there are many factors in play. Still, this is not surprising to me for no guerrilla war has ever been won in 4 years.
Considering that the guerrilla war in Iraq has been going on for 4 years now; what is the left's (Democrat's) plan for 'saving us' from the evil cabal of Bush, Cheney and Co.? Come now. If it is such a total disaster (as claimed by Marshmallow), then the vaunted intellectuals of the left-o-sphere should have been fully engaged these four years in coming up with a way out of this sordid doom. Surely a plan has been written by now? The left is allegedly the intelligent wing of the political spectrum. They are 'progressive'. They are educated. They are open-minded. Surely someplace in the DNC's webpage there is a cogent, analytical approach for dealing with Iraq in a manner that stands head and shoulders above the miserable mess we are in, compliments of the RNC.
Since the claim is that Democrats (liberals) are smarter than Republicans (conservatives) who are right-wing, ignorant, addle brained, religious crackpots, who reject science in favor of superstitious religious mummery and reason. (Not my words, but a montage of Zim and zimesque like comments that I have seen, and been subjected to.) Then I am sure that a quick email or Google search to/of any political science professor at any Ivy-League school will quickly lead to a link with an alternative, compliments of the party of the intellectually superior. Let us see if this alternative will make more sense than fighting it out with the terrorists and not just leaving the Iraqis behind to their fates a la Vietnam.
So no Marshmallow, I do not expect you, or Gnossis, to have a plan of your own. But something, other than rock throwing and declarations that Iraq is a disaster is in order. The current empty claim â€œTrust us, we can do it better!!â€ is actually a disservice to the public being perpetrated by the â€˜loyalâ€™ opposition. We as a nation can expect, no, we should demand, that the other side of this American Body Politic have some tangible ideas and more to offer than the execrable 'Bush Lied People Died' rant.
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