Kudos to Blogs for Bush blogger Matt Margolis for acquitting himself well in this USA Today story, in which he and anti-Bush lawyer Ben Scotch are primarily featured. While the thrust of the story is how deeply divided the nation is over the Iraq War, Margolis put his finger on the reason for the divisiveness. “The Iraq war has become a divisive issue because the Democrats decided to make it one,” said Margolis. That’s precisely right.
Scotch, on the other hand, chose to take the Kerry line about our alienation of the rest of the world. Former Vermont ACLU chairman Scotch said, We had good will. We had the world with us (after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks). Now we have the world against us. How did this happen to us?”
Well, Democratic divisiveness didn’t just affect the United States. I dare say the Democrats’ constant drumbeat against President Bush and the war took its toll on our image in the eyes of other nations. When the leaders of one of the two major parties for an entire year accuse the president of corruption concerning the war, a large number of foreigners are bound to be effected by such propaganda. A more important point, though, is that the President’s action toward Iraq was not designed as a PR move. It was taken for national security reasons. When it comes to our national security we must act, even if it means alienating other nations. The question is not whether we made other nations angry, but whether we did the right thing. We did the right thing. And in the process we tried diplomacy to persuade the reluctant nations to join us and they wouldn’t, some, because they were on the take, others because they are fettered by their paralyzing pacifism. It is these other nations that need to be apologizing to us, not the other way around. And it’s time for Democrats to get on the right side (of this country and of history).