As the donkey spins
Some people say that “right-wingers” should put aside partisan politics and support the president. Yes, it would be nice if they did that. Just like when Democrats supported George W. Bush in wartime.
Oh, wait. That never happened. Instead the Democrats accused President Bush of knowing in advance about the attacks on the World Trade Center. What a great way to undermine the president to score some cheap political points.
Some “progressives” complain that Republicans call the new health care system “a government takeover.” But which is worse: criticizing a system where government is involved or accusing the president of gross criminal negligence? Have the Republicans done anything as nasty to Mr. Obama?
Some liberals say Osama Bin Laden has won because of all the lives lost in Afghanistan and Iraq. So why did Mr. Obama and the Democrats continue on with these wars? Substituting a slogan for thinking, some call Afghanistan Mr. Obama’s “war of choice.” Why does the president choose war at all? Especially this one.
Afghanistan doesn’t seem like a suitable place to plant a democracy. Why is it our job to plant a democracy there? What if the people want a Muslim government? Wouldn’t separation of church and state (or mosque and state as it were) dictate that our taxpayer dollars not be used to promote religion in that region?
Maybe Mr. Obama chose war to appeal to voters who support war. Are there such voters? Maybe he chose war so Democrats wouldn’t look soft on defense. If so, that’s rather insane.
Speaking of insane, the Democrats spent years loudly criticizing the Iraq war then suddenly stopped once Mr. Obama assumed office. As the war in Iraq went on they acted like we would all get amnesia and not notice. It was like they wanted credit for opposing the war without actually ending it.
I’ve never heard a Democrat explain why we had to continue the war in Iraq. But I can see how that would be a no-win situation. If Democrats gave a good reason for us to be in Iraq that reason would most likely be just as valid when Mr. Bush was president. Wouldn’t their constant criticism and opposition then appear unprincipled? Barry Barringer Fargo, North Dakota