“A terrorist conspiracy to blow up American airliners flying from Britain to the United States — surely the most threatening terrorist plot since 9/11 —was broken up [two weeks ago]. The fighting between Israel and the terrorist group Hezbollah continued to raise the possibility of a full-scale Middle East war. And in Baghdad, Americanand Iraqi soldiers waged a last-ditch battle to cleanse the city of insurgents and terrorists and suicide bombers,” Fred Barnes writes in the Weekly Standard.
“Meanwhile, Democrats ousted their leading national security hawk, Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, and replaced him with a rich dilettante, Ned Lamont, who ran his campaign on the single issue of getting American troops out of Iraq,” Mr. Barnes said.
“So it comes down to this: As the world got more dangerous, the Democrats got more pacifist and more left-wing. At the least, they have become less committed (or not committed at all) to a strong national security policy and less eager to defend America’s interests around the world or to promote democracy.
“The nomination of Lamont as the Democratic Senate candidate in Connecticut brought into focus what are emerging as key Democratic positions: a deep aversion to the use of force, a naive belief in diplomacy that comes close to outright appeasement, a view that President Bush’s war on terrorism is a greater threat to America than Islamic terrorism itself, and declining support for Israel.
“TheDemocratic Party’s lurch to the left is accompanied by a cold partisanship. Simon Rosenberg, whoseNewDemocratNetworkwas once touted as a force for moderation, said ‘the meaning of Lamont’s win’ includes — indeed requires — ‘a new progressive politics of confrontation, not accommodation.’ ”