The View From 1776

Condolences to Teddy Kennedy

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Poor Teddy: as bad a prophet as swimmer and diver at Chappaquiddick.

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There’s no joy in Beantown tonight.  Plus, more business for the California and Palm Beach shrinks, as distraught liberal-socialists are hammered once again.

New York Times headlines: “Iraqi Voters Turn Out in High Numbers Despite Attacks Intended to Deter Them; Violence Fails to Spoil a Party Atmosphere on Baghdad’s Streets.”

As Washington Times reporter Stephen Dinan wrote in the January 28, 2005, edition:

“Sen. Edward M. Kennedy yesterday said U.S. troops, instead of defeating the insurgency in Iraq, are spawning it, and he called for immediate withdrawal of 12,000 troops after this weekend’s election and a complete pullout by early next year.

“There will be more serious violence if we continue our present dangerous and reckless course. It will not be easy to extricate ourselves from Iraq, but we must begin,” said the Massachusetts Democrat and leading liberal voice in the Senate, who is the highest-profile lawmaker to call for withdrawal.

Speaking at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in the District, Mr. Kennedy said that U.S. troops and officials are seen by Iraqis as an occupational force, rather than a means to peace, and they are the reason violence is escalating…....

President Bush’s supporters are hoping that the insurgency will falter after this weekend’s historic elections, but Mr. Kennedy said the administration has been wrong every time that it has predicted better times just around the corner.”

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer’s assessment in The Politics of the Rice Vote, January 28, 2005, was:

“It seems particularly inopportune for Sen. Edward Kennedy, for example, to use this moment to call the Iraq policy a catastrophe and a hopeless quagmire. It is possible that history will, in time, prove him right. But how does he know?

To assert with such certainty that the war is lost, especially at such a hopeful time, seems not only to be betting against our side. It presents the political dilemma that faces all war dissidents—particularly those whose main argument is unwinnability: It tells the brave and committed soldiers on the front line they are fighting in vain.

Regardless of the sincerity of Kennedy’s assertion, it carries heavy political risk. Kennedy, however, is long past aspirations for higher political office. The list of 13 Senators who opposed Rice includes some thinking seriously of running for the presidency in 2008. Most prominent of these are Evan Bayh and John Kerry. And Barbara Boxer has clearly used the Rice hearings to raise her national political profile. By using Rice to vigorously oppose the war, they all vie for the 2008 Howard Dean role—albeit played calm and composed—of unequivocal antiwar candidate and favorite of the party’s activist left.”