It is hard to understand the psychology of the political suicide bombers. What makes them do it? At least political suicide does no damage other then to the person involved. First we had Senator Tom Daschle castigation Bush and talking about failed diplomacy. Then Senator Kerry during the war saying ” we need a regime change” in our own country. And now House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says:
“I have absolutely no regret about my vote on this war,” she told reporters at her weekly briefing yesterday, saying the same questions still remain: “The cost in human lives. The cost to our budget, probably $100 billion. We could have probably brought down that statue for a lot less….”
Concentrating on the symbolism of the statue seems to me to be typical democratic misunderstanding of equating symbolism with reality. Obviously she can’t believe that if we would only have sent a cruise missile after that statue that it would have been the same results; so why the stupid statement? It also strikes me as disengenious for a Democrat to ask about the monetary cost of anything, you will never find the true sticker price on any program they support. If she doesn’t believe the war to be just then it wouldn’t matter if we conducted it on a shoestring budget or not. Of course when Clinton was President and launched and attack on Iraq she said:
“I believe in negotiated solutions to international conflict. This is, unfortunately, not going to be the case in this situation where Saddam Hussein has been a repeat offender, ignoring the international community’s requirement that he come clean with his weapons program.”
I tend to doubt she had a change of heart now about the necessity for action, more likely because of the change of the person in the Oval Office.
One thing that I have liked about the just war debate that went on in St. Blogs was that it concentrated on the points of just war theory and not about personalities. No idiotic blood for oil statements or other statements of that ilk. There were varied opinions on both sides of the debate, but it was a true debate. Unfortunately in this era of sound bites all that gets reported are quick verbal jabs of little substance. The art of debate and persuasive rhetoric has degenerated and we are all the poorer for it.