Steve and Jen bring you this daily review of the news
Premium Advertiser

News Blog Sponsors

News Links

BBC World Service
The Guardian
Washington Post
Iraq Order of Battle
NY Times
LA Times
ABC News

Blogs We Like

Daily Kos
Digby's Blog
Operation Yellow Elephant
Iraq Casualty Count
Media Matters
Talking Points
Defense Tech
Intel Dump
Soldiers for the Truth
Margaret Cho
Juan Cole
Just a Bump in the Beltway
Baghdad Burning
Howard Stern
Michael Moore
James Wolcott
Cooking for Engineers
There is No Crisis
Whiskey Bar
Rude Pundit
Crooks and Liars
Amazin' Avenue
DC Media Girl
The Server Logs

Blogger Credits

Powered by Blogger

Archives by
Publication Date
August 2003
September 2003
October 2003
November 2003
December 2003
January 2004
February 2004
March 2004
April 2004
May 2004
June 2004
July 2004
August 2004
September 2004
October 2004
November 2004
December 2004
January 2005
February 2005
March 2005
April 2005
May 2005
June 2005
July 2005
August 2005
September 2005
October 2005
November 2005
December 2005
January 2006
February 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
August 2006
September 2006
October 2006
November 2006
December 2006
January 2007
February 2007
Comments Credits
Comments by YACCS
Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The Dems and National Security pt 1

To win in the 2006 elections, Democrats will have to develop a coherent national defense policy. The problem is that too many still accept Republicans memes and framing to debate the issue.

With some study, Democrats could easily frame a foward looking defense policy. But to do that, they have to stop looking at defense issues in a Republican frame. Too many Dems think being tough on national security means backing an invasion of Iran.

Peter Beinhart is the perfect example of the gullable. He's signed on to some PNAC nonsense, earning the sobriquet PNAC's bitch.

But the fact is, that anyone who's read conservative critics of the neo-cons, knows that their main argument of US force projection is based on fantasy, not reality. We don't have the Army for that now and never did, nor the stomach for neo-colonial warfare.

We need to understand, as liberals, that we MUST have a coherent, forward looking defense and security policy which embraces everything from proper veteran care to proper use of US forces.

Three mistakes the Dems made in discussing defense issues:

1) You can be pro-defense and anti-Iraq, many conservatives are

One of the great mistakes of the Dems last year, was not to rise en masse to defend Cindy Sheehan. Too many people stood by and let her be tarnished by cruel, cowardly Republicans. Sheehan was a Gold Star mother and never before has one been treated as shamefully as she has. The treatment of Jack Murtha followed her shameful treatment.

The point should have been made over and over that Sheehan's sons friends and unit members supported her, including his former CO and roommate. That her opposition to Bush's war was honorable and she needed to be respected for her loss. Not doing so was a sign of weakness

2) Accepting Republican memes

The US cannot invade Iran. As Joe Galloway points out in a recent column, the US Army is disintergrating in Iraq. Vehicle losses are climbing, including the loss of 20 Abrams. The idea that we can bring Iran to heel is a Republican meme with no basis for reality. Yet, too many Dems accept this as a viable option.

Which is why Shia leaders are now starting to demand we leave their areas and refusing to cooperate. They can pressure us and we cannot respond in kind.

We cannot continue to debate defense on the basis of GOP ideas.

3) Allowing Republicans to define our stands on the issues

It is not and never has been a debate of allowing Saddam to stay in power. It is a debate on the wisdom of removing him by force, and then never having a plan to run the country after he left.

Any time that's tossed in the air, it needs to be swatted down. It is clear that the US didn't understand Iraqi politics and bit into the fairy tales of Iraqi support from exiles. Which did not materialize.

We need to debate how badly we misread the situation and figure out a way to negotiate an exit. Bush has been allowed to define this as a matter of resolve, and it is not, since the Iraqis have more resolve than we ever will.

Over the next few days, we'll discuss various issues around defense, including how to properly understand the issues involved.

posted by Steve @ 1:33:00 AM

1:33:00 AM

The News Blog home page


Editorial Staff

Add to My AOL

Support The News Blog

Amazon Honor System Click Here to Pay Learn More
News Blog Food Blog
Visit the News Blog Food Blog
The News Blog Shops
Operation Yellow Elephant
Enlist, Young Republicans