Friday, February 24, 2006
When We Lose William F. Buckley...
Mr. Bush has a very difficult internal problem here because to make the kind of concession that is strategically appropriate requires a mitigation of policies he has several times affirmed in high-flown pronouncements. His challenge is to persuade himself that he can submit to a historical reality without forswearing basic commitments in foreign policy.
He will certainly face the current development as military leaders are expected to do: They are called upon to acknowledge a tactical setback, but to insist on the survival of strategic policies.
Yes, but within their own counsels, different plans have to be made. And the kernel here is the acknowledgment of defeat.
Holy shit. Oh, yea, and the Fox News guys are asking if an "all-out civil war" could be "a good thing." Nice. This must be compensation for O'Reilly's Murtha moment, in which we learn that the difference between lefist cowardly defeatism and a pragmatic patriotic call for withdrawl from the right is, erm, about three months.