I’m glad the DNC decided to clear something up for me. You might sometimes mistakenly think the Democratic Party is not about endless wars with no clear goals or defined victory. Well, this news release from the DNC about Michael Steele’s statement that history proves an outside army can’t pacify Afghanistan should completely dissuade you of that. DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse says via Greg Sargent:
“And, the American people will be interested to hear that the leader of the Republican Party thinks recent events related to the war are ‘comical’ and that he is betting against our troops and rooting for failure in Afghanistan. It’s simply unconscionable that Michael Steele would undermine the morale of our troops when what they need is our support and encouragement. Michael Steele would do well to remember that we are not in Afghanistan by our own choosing, that we were attacked and that his words have consequences.”
I guess questioning after almost a decade whether we can “win” in Afghanistan is betting against the troops. (Note: Can anyone please explain what conditions need to be reached before we call it a “win” and we can stop wasting American lives and billions of dollars?) Apparently, studying historic examples to determine the best policy approach or to determine if a policy is feasible is “rooting for failure.” And deciding that a policy is unlikely to work and is not worth risking the lives of American soldiers is really “undermining the morale of our troops.”
I’m very glad the DNC decided to clear that up for me. The Democratic Party is the war party! The party of more war and the need for unquestioning allegiance to war. Its platform is never to look back. Always ignore history, and if you make a mistake, the only option left is to double down on the same mistake. It is unpatriotic to question our country’s foreign policy even if it has failed for a decade. The Democrats feel it is rooting for failure to study history in an attempt to avoid past mistakes. It’s betting against the troops if you don’t support risking their lives for an ill-defined mission with a probably unachievable objective.
UPDATE: Michael Steele is really walking back his statement.