Sunday, November 05, 2006



The American Conservative isn't exactly what I spend my time reading-- as you can probably surmise from the title. It was founded by Pat Buchanan and although it understood the nature of Bush's war in Iraq from before the invasion, it's a little neo-fascist for my tastes. The new issue, though, has an interesting editorial, directed at conservatives, explaining why the Bush Regime and the rubber stamp Congress must be defeated.

"The meaning of this election will be interpreted in one of two ways: the American people endorsed the Bush presidency or they did what they could to repudiate it... It should surprise few readers that we think a vote that is seen-- in America and the world at large-- as a decisive "No" vote on the Bush presidency is the best outcome. We need not dwell on George W. Bush’s failed effort to jam a poorly disguised amnesty for illegal aliens through Congress or the assaults on the Constitution carried out under the pretext of fighting terrorism or his administration's endorsement of torture. Faced on Sept. 11, 2001 with a great challenge, President Bush made little effort to understand who had attacked us and why-- thus ignoring the prerequisite for crafting an effective response. He seemingly did not want to find out, and he had staffed his national-security team with people who either did not want to know or were committed to a prefabricated answer. As a consequence, he rushed America into a war against Iraq, a war we are now losing and cannot win, one that has done far more to strengthen Islamist terrorists than anything they could possibly have done for themselves. Bush's decision to seize Iraq will almost surely leave behind a broken state divided into warring ethnic enclaves, with hundreds of thousands killed and maimed and thousands more thirsting for revenge against the country that crossed the ocean to attack them. The invasion failed at every level..."

Buchanan, assuming he penned it, then goes on to list a number of considerations every conservative should make before pulling the lever Tuesday and taking the opportunity to atone for having allowed Bush to stain our country's honor and reputation:

-"The war will continue as long as Bush is in office, for no other reason than the feckless president can't face the embarrassment of admitting defeat."

-"America's image in the world, its capacity to persuade others that its interests are common interests, is lower than it has been in memory. All over the world people look at Bush and yearn for this country-- which once symbolized hope and justice-- to be humbled.

-"the process of recovering our good name must begin somewhere, and the logical place is in the voting booth this Nov. 7."

Other than getting the reprehensible Bush out of office, his biggest concern is stopping immigration from non-Europeans. But he's willing to put that aside to urge the defeat of Republicans across the board. Could be the smartest thing he's ever written.

(H/T- AMERICAblog)


At 7:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It truly is about time but it's too little, too late. They should have realized like the rest of us that this man was not to be trusted.

They cry tears of regret. They should weep rivers in remorse.


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