What Bush doesn’t seem to understand is that in any war, people need to be reminded constantly of what is going on, what is at stake, what our immediate, medium-term and ultimate objectives are. The president has said nothing cogent about Karbala; nothing apposite about al Sadr; nothing specific about what our strategy is in Falluja. Events transpire and are interpreted by critics and the anti-war media and by everyone on the planet but the president. All the president says is a broad and crude reiteration of valid but superfluous boilerplate. This is not war-leadership; it’s the abdication of war-leadership.
But, as Garance Franke-Ruta points out, Sully isn’t too upset to consider the alternative to this misery – looking to John Kerry as an alternative. Heaven forbid that no matter how rotten or inept your leader is, some conservatives would rather not vote at all than vote for (gasp!) a Democrat. Mr. Sullivan, an outspoken advocate for same-sex marriage and a harsh critic of the GOP for backing the Federal Marriage Amendment, is still willing to vote for that party. It makes you wonder what the hell it will take for him or anyone of the True Believers to come to their senses.
Ironically, they are always the ones who are knocking the Democrats for not having the courage of their convictions and considering all sides of an issue, seeing that as somehow a failure, without recognizing that blind obedience is a more dangerous – albeit easier – trait.