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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Conservatives hate the Iraq Study Group:

Here's a sampling. First, the New York Post:
Cover of the paper:


Their "news" report:
IRAQ 'APPEASE' SQUEEZE ON W.
* PANEL KISSES UP TO IRAN & SYRIA

WASHINGTON - The Iraq Study Group report delivered to President Bush yesterday contains 79 separate recommendations - but not one that explains how American forces can defeat the terrorist insurgents, only ways to bring the troops home.
New York Post editorial
THE COUNSEL OF COWARDS

After nine laborious months, the Iraq Study Group yesterday recommended that there be peace in the Middle East. Well, of course. But how to achieve it? One word: Surrender.


[ends with] The war is not yet lost, nor need it be. Bush needs courage right now. The Iraq Study Group counsels cowardice - and, ultimately, a shameful defeat.
Next, the Washington Times:
Editorial:
A Bipartisan Path to Surrender?

[ends with]The panel's suggestions that Washington should also broker agreements with Syria to stop arms shipments into Iraq and help persuade Hamas to recognize Israel's right to exist are completely detached from reality. Some of the major recommendations in the report read like articles of surrender.
And everybody in right-wing radio is pissed off (William Bennett, Hugh Hewitt, et al).

What's interesting is that their ire is not directed at Democrats, but at the "bipartisan, realist, centrist, pragmatic" approach that the Iraq Study Group represents (or is perceived to represent, and yes, "centrist" is highly debatable). Looks like the right-wing will marginalize themselves further in the debate as this issue goes forward.



4 comments

"What's interesting is that their ire is not directed at Democrats, but at the "bipartisan, realist, centrist, pragmatic" approach that the Iraq Study Group represents (or is perceived to represent, and yes, "centrist" is highly debatable). Looks like the right-wing will marginalize themselves further in the debate as this issue goes forward."

Yeap! They are furious that the wind is blowing away from their paranoid, authoritarian, and militaristic, view of what the US should be like.

As the debacle in Iraq continues, they will continue to marginalize themselves.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/07/2006 8:38 AM  

I'm perplexed by the right's reaction. This document is a) a conservative document and b) a NEOconservative document, insofar as it a)recommends sending more troops and b) is ultimately concerned with extending the American hegemony.

I'd say the moderate Left on the Iraq War debate is "get out now", and the far Left is "execute the Bush administration". Neither of those is even entertained in the ISG.

By the way, 61% of Iraqis approve of attacks on Americans.

By Anonymous Luke, at 12/07/2006 8:39 AM  

I'm perplexed by the right's reaction. This document is a) a conservative document and b) a NEOconservative document, insofar as it a)recommends sending more troops and b) is ultimately concerned with extending the American hegemony.

They have to pretend to be pissed off because to do otherwise might create the perception that somehow they were wrong about the war. Secretly, they are probably pleased a punch over this but there's no way they could ever come out and say so.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/07/2006 10:18 AM  

"DEWEY WINS!"

By Blogger Shag from Brookline, at 12/11/2006 3:53 AM  

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