Nutroots aghast at possibility that conditions might be improving in Anbar

posted at 3:03 pm on May 24, 2007 by Allahpundit

InstaGlenn’s post doesn’t quite capture all of the nuance of this little blog tiff they’re having with Joe Klein, which is actually just the latest skirmish in their ongoing war on big-media lefties like him and David Broder who dare to criticize liberals occasionally. (Google “Joe Klein” and “bloggers” and you’ll see what I mean.) Nor does he note the contempt towards Gen. Petraeus that drips from Rick Ellison McEllensburg’s screed, although he does drily mention in passing Ellison’s sneering reference to “shiny uniforms.”

But it’s worth clicking for the snark:

You know, if I didn’t know better I’d think that some of the lefty bloggers would actually be happier if things were going badly.

Yeah, me too. Good thing we know better. Klein’s piece is actually a basic restatement of events that have been reported for months now by the New York Times, the LA Times, CNN, the Associated Press, USA Today, various embedded bloggers, and numerous other outlets, not all of whom rely on those shady “senior officials” Ellison’s wringing his hands over. To take the most recent example, from an LAT piece a few days ago about Marines in Anbar volunteering to extend their tours:

The Two-Five, whose motto, “Retreat, Hell,” stems from the World War I battle at Belleau Wood, has drawn one of the tougher assignments in what remains the toughest city in sprawling Al Anbar province. Phone service is spotty, sewage runs in many streets, and any sign of local government is minimal.

But Marines say that residents, encouraged by tribal sheiks and imams, have turned against the extremists and, among other things, are pointing out the location of hidden roadside bombs.

“The last time, it was like the people didn’t want to do anything to help their neighborhoods,” [Marine Cpl. Saul] Mellado said. “Now it’s a big change. I want to be here to help with that, to help my Marines.”

Another paid stooge of BushCo, I guess. What’s funny is that I remember Eric Boehlert tut-tutting righty bloggers back at the time of the Jamil Hussein story about not being able to accept the reality in Iraq as reported by the mainstream media. In fact, the opposite has always been true: any good news, however small and no matter what its mainstream media pedigree, is received by the left with hostility and summarily adjudged discredited. That’s especially true in this case because Anbar was written off by military insiders last fall as lost to Al Qaeda, so to see hope revive in an area that was supposed to serve as Exhibit A in the left’s case for withdrawal is an especially bitter pill for them to swallow. For most of America, of course, it’s good news.

God help us if Roggio is right about an “awakening” forming in Diyala now, too. That might create some real momentum, which will mean a snideness in Ellensburg’s Internet droppings heretofore unknown.


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It’s true. I was just browsing a comic book message board (most of which are piled high with foolish leftists) and saw this gem from a typical moonbat:

I just can’t wait for ten years from now when the history books show the Iraq war as being the most embarrasing thing ever to happen in US history. Completely blows Vietnam out of the water at this point.

Imagine that! He “can’t wait” for this to happen, positively giddy at the prospect of the country being humiliated.

You know what? I can’t help but question his patriotism. A little.

Kensington on May 24, 2007 at 3:11 PM

You know, if I didn’t know better I’d think that some of the lefty bloggers would actually be happier if things were going badly.

I hope this isn’t a revelation to anyone. I could have told you this years ago. And for anyone who doesn’t get it, just look out how Democrats are able to win elections. By default. Democrats don’t win because people like their policies or ideas, they win when they can create a negative enough image of their opponents.

It is not a debate: Democrats need things to go badly in order to win elections (therefore they hope they go badly). And when things aren’t going badly, their media makes them seem like they are to the point where we get self fulfilling prophecies. (i.e., terrorist activity in Iraq increases when they are constantly promised that we’ll surrender). For anyone who really just can’t wrap their head around this… think about one thing Democrats have done in the past 5 or 6 years. No not going out and saying “we need health care!” or any other campaign talking point that gets the drones to cheer. What have they actually done? Have they offered up real and positive plans on… anything? Or have they stood around and criticized, attacked beyond anything we’ve ever seen, and basically done NOTHING?

RightWinged on May 24, 2007 at 3:22 PM

(oh, and to further explain my point… remember Harry Reid bragging that the Dems will pick up seats over the Iraq war? This was a Democrat leaders own words! And it came around the same time he declared the war lost… By the way, why did he get away with that?)

RightWinged on May 24, 2007 at 3:23 PM

God help us if Roggio is right about an “awakening” forming in Diyala now, too. That might create some real momentum, which will mean a snideness in Ellensburg’s Internet droppings heretofore unknown.

BWAHAHA!!

Theworldisnotenough on May 24, 2007 at 3:27 PM

Democrats are invested in defeat. Anything else would vindicate BushCO and embarrass the cheek bones outta of the left to no end.

(ײַ)

Kini on May 24, 2007 at 3:29 PM

Quick, Defeat is getting away! Apprehend him at once! Use any means necessary!!!

Seixon on May 24, 2007 at 3:40 PM

Democrats: Snatching Defeat from the jaws of Victory since 1972.

Iblis on May 24, 2007 at 3:52 PM

Democrats face the monster…

Democrat 1… “Look its jaws are closing”
Democrat 2… “Quick someone grab it”
Both democrats run and grab their precious prize

Monster named Victory… “Damn I was sure looking forward to that taste of defeat.”

Gwillie on May 24, 2007 at 3:57 PM

They are going to be even more upset when their hero Chirac goes to prison:

http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=805742007

crosspatch on May 24, 2007 at 3:59 PM

Allahpundit linked above to an LAT piece which he blockquotes.
Please read the whole piece. It’s a great story which is evidence of my long held belief that the Marine Corps is this county’s oldest, greatest fraternity. And the best source we have for minting highest quality citizens.
I’m so proud of these men.
Semper Fi my very much younger brothers.

And of course George Clooney will play the Sgt. Maj. William Jordan role. After he donates millions to the young families of these Marines for the honor to tell their stories. Even though he doesn’t have to pay for the story. Which he will make into a movie. Soon. Very, very soon. Because he supports the troops. And their families.

Stephen M on May 24, 2007 at 4:24 PM

Can’t fix typos here. Sorry.

Stephen M on May 24, 2007 at 4:26 PM

One word sums up the left when it comes to Iraq: Denial.

Everything is just a variation on a theme.

The basic denial finds expression in the axiom that George Bush can’t do anything right.

The corollary denial resides in their unshakable, desperate faith that they can never be wrong about Bush always being wrong.

The first denial sets up the anathematization that can be summed up as, “If George Bush is for it, then I’m against it; if George Bush said it, then it must be a lie!”

So … if George Bush wants victory in Iraq, then any suggestion, claim or proffered evidence supporting victory must be categorically denied.

The second denial is even more poisonous, for it enables leftists to dissociate themselves at will from the real world. This is how they can go on parroting long-debunked canards, or deny plainly evident facts that don’t fit their narrative, or wallow in all manner of paranoid, bizarre conspiracy delusions.

To be a leftist is to live a lie. Everything is deception:

- You have to lie about yourself to yourself, because the truth that would be revealed by honest self-examination would be too awful to contemplate, let alone confront.

- You have to lie to those like you, because you’re part of a community built upon a foundation of lies about itself and the outside world; if you don’t share in the collective dishonesty, then they’ll ostracize you to protect their whole world from collapsing.

- And you have to lie to everyone else about what you believe and what you want, because you know that if they ever find out what your beliefs and desires really are they’d shun you.

But every now and then, when they let their inner ugliness get the better of their self-control, they let the mask slip and prove that lo, you really *can* “question their patriotism.” Like Murtha looking for ways to “undermine” the administration on the war effort, or someone who “can’t wait” to see Iraq categorized as a Vietnam-style defeat, or when Harry Reid declares the fight to be “lost,” or the utterly cynical and dishonest utterances about “supporting the troops, but not their mission.”

Cato the Elder used to close every speech he gave before the Roman Senate with the reminder, “Carthage must be destroyed.” A modern-day person who understands leftists like Cato understood the Carthaginians could be excused for concluding every post with, “Liberalism is a mental disorder.”

Spurius Ligustinus on May 24, 2007 at 4:36 PM

The left is more afraid of Bush succeeding then they are of the Jihadists succeeding

William Amos on May 24, 2007 at 4:42 PM

The thing is, before we went to war in Iraq, there was a joint Spain/UK/Italy proposed resolution that would explicitly authorize our invasion if Saddam didn’t comply with the inspections. France played a major role in shooting that down before it was even presented so it never got a UNSC vote.

Now it turns out the Chirac has this secret $30 million bank account in Japan and if it turns out there was any money from Saddam in there, the entire lead-up to the war takes on a completely different look.

crosspatch on May 24, 2007 at 4:52 PM

The left is more afraid of Bush succeeding then they are of the Jihadists succeeding

William Amos on May 24, 2007 at 4:42 PM

NAILED!

The Ritz on May 24, 2007 at 5:15 PM

I must note that when Thomas Ricks was was claiming Anbar was lost, Bill Roggio was noting that his military and intelligence sources, who had actually seen the entire report, were mad about the misreporting. And that same Roggio post noted the Anbar tribes banding togethr to fight AQ.

Karl on May 24, 2007 at 5:33 PM

I think the hawks need to present the withdrawal concept with some historical perspective.

How about we pull out of the countries we’ve occupied in the last hundred years, in the same order we entered them? That means we need to withdraw from Germany, Italy, Spain, Iceland, Japan, and Korea before we leave Iraq. Yes, I think those other countries can probably function on their own just about now, and from a combat point of view, our troops haven’t killed too many enemies in those countries lately.

On the other hand, in Iraq there are still tens of thousands of terrorists/unsurgents that we are responsible for mopping up, since we are the invading/occupying nation. As soon as the problem is small enough for the Iraqi infrastructure to handle on its own, we should leave, and keep no more of our military behind than we’ve kept in say, Japan for the last 62 years.

Freelancer on May 24, 2007 at 6:35 PM

I think you forgot Bosnia and Kosovo.

crosspatch on May 24, 2007 at 7:11 PM

Allah — I wouldn’t worry about Greenwald, he’s got lots of imaginary friends to see him through this crisis.

TallDave on May 24, 2007 at 7:39 PM

It’s a geographic fact! If you are standing in Iraq facing North, ‘De Nile’ is to the Left.

I need sleep.

Doug on May 25, 2007 at 1:00 AM

“God help us if Roggio is right…”

No. God bless us if Roggio is right. And God DAMN the Democrats if Roggio is right. Damn them for being traitors to America.

Spurius Ligustinus wrote:

Cato the Elder used to close every speech he gave before the Roman Senate with the reminder, “Carthage must be destroyed.” A modern-day person who understands leftists like Cato understood the Carthaginians could be excused for concluding every post with, “Liberalism is a mental disorder.”

I prefer: “Potestas Democraticorum delenda est!” because I hope to see in my lifetime the Democratic party outlawed, its leadership imprisoned for treason, it’s assets confiscated, and DNC headquarters imploded and leveled and replaced by a hot dog stand.

There are so very few Democrats who are worthy of beind the political descendents of Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Truman, JFK, or even Hubert Humphrey or “Scoop: Jackson. Zell Miller has retired. Joe Lieberman was kicked out of his party. The “blue dogs” or so-called conservative Democrats elected last November are toeing the line hewed by Pelosi, Murtha, Reid, and Kennedy. They are TOADIES, nothing more.

georgej on May 25, 2007 at 1:47 AM

I prefer: “Potestas Democraticorum delenda est!” because I hope to see in my lifetime the Democratic party outlawed, its leadership imprisoned for treason, it’s assets confiscated, and DNC headquarters imploded and leveled and replaced by a hot dog stand.georgej on May 25, 2007 at 1:47 AM

I look forward to the day when one of his guests brings a Louisville Slugger to the show and play HARDBALL with his mush-filled head. That’d be worth the price of cable for a year!
georgej on May 23, 2007 at 4:01 AM

I think you need to talk to a professional and soon.

Bradky on May 25, 2007 at 2:06 AM

The Democrats were for victory before they were against.

todd76705 on May 25, 2007 at 6:11 PM