As the don­key spins

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

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

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