A few days ago on another blog, I encountered an Aussie fellow who, I'm sure, felt he was being perfectly reasonable in his assessment of Iraq and America – and he was, as liberals go. The problem was, in his response, he had ignored everything I had just said, and I know it made perfect sense because I wrote it.
But here's something he can't ignore, can he? I mean, it's Bob Kerrey who's writing today in the Wall Street Journal, and saying not only everything I had said, but expanding on it. Not only that, but it's as if Mr. Kerrey is writing specifically to our little Dingo with this…
The critics who bother me the most are those who ordinarily would not be on the side of supporting dictatorships, who are arguing today that only military intervention can prevent the genocide of Darfur, or who argued yesterday for military intervention in Bosnia, Somalia and Rwanda to ease the sectarian violence that was tearing those places apart.
Suppose we had not invaded Iraq and Hussein had been overthrown by Shiite and Kurdish insurgents. Suppose al Qaeda then undermined their new democracy and inflamed sectarian tensions to the same level of violence we are seeing today. Wouldn't you expect the same people who are urging a unilateral and immediate withdrawal to be urging military intervention to end this carnage? I would..
But Mr. Kerrey is just warming up…
"American liberals need to face these truths…: what does your conscience tell you to do? If the answer is nothing, that it is not our responsibility or that this is all about oil, then no wonder today we Democrats are not trusted with the reins of power."
WOW! Right between the eyes!
Mr. Kerrey continues…
"American lawmakers who are watching public opinion tell them to move away from Iraq as quickly as possible should remember this: Concessions will not work with either al Qaeda or other foreign fighters who will not rest until they have killed or driven into exile the last remaining Iraqi who favors democracy."
It's positively Liebermanesque!?!
I'll conclude with this because there are none so blind as liberals who will not see:
"The key question for Congress is whether or not Iraq has become the primary battleground against the same radical Islamists who declared war on the U.S. in the 1990s and who have carried out a series of terrorist operations including 9/11. The answer is emphatically 'yes.'"
Now I expect it will be forever before we find another liberal who's this rational, but isn't it refreshing that we found one? And remember, it's the K-Man with two R's and two Es, and one leg, not the Clown Prince of Massachusetts.
Oh heck, here's one last Kerrey quote especially for my friend downunder. Perhaps it will make sense if you read it upside down?
"We must not allow terrorist sanctuaries to develop any place on earth. Whether these fighters are finding refuge in Syria, Iran, Pakistan or elsewhere, we cannot afford diplomatic or political excuses to prevent us from using military force to eliminate them."
Call it "America on walkabout."
Mr. Kerrey, a former Democratic senator from Nebraska and member of the 9/11 Commission, is president of The New School.