Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Jonah in the L.A. Times today:

...the tragic Catch-22 for [John McCain] is that the more the surge succeeds, the more politically advantageous it is for Obama.

... If [the war] were going worse, McCain's Churchillian rhetoric would match reality more. But with sectarian violence nearly gone, Al Qaeda in Iraq almost totally routed and even Shiite Sadrist militias seemingly neutralized, the stakes of withdrawal seem low enough for Americans to feel comfortable voting for Obama....

Is Goldberg serious? Is he actually arguing that voters would be less impatient with the war, and thus less inclined to kick the GOP out of the White House, if everything were going exactly the way it was two years ago, and the Republican nominee was still saying, "Stay the course"?

Here's your Catch-22, Jonah: Voters want out when Iraq looks as if it's not improving and voters want out when there's improvement. Voters just want out.

Americans are dying. Money is being squandered. We didn't find weapons and bin Laden's still on the loose and gas is more expensive than ever. Out. That's the key word. Voters don't give a good goddamn about Churchillian rhetoric when it's in defense of a war that isn't accomplishing anything and never will.

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