Lurch left­ward

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“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.’ ”

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