Cheney, Incompetent Wimp


From Israel, we get the following headline:

Many Israelis Furious at How War Was Run

Didn't they get the Cheney-Rumsfeld memo? Don't they realize that, according to Joe Lieberman, no citizen in a democracy should criticize the conduct of a war while a terror threat is in place? Don't they understand that their job is to support their political leadership at all times and that any criticism is simply playing into the hands of terrorists? And yet few in Israel are saying these things. Apparently, the Israeli democracy, a democracy that is barely fifty years old, is much more robust than America's. America is too weak to allow its leaders to be criticized in wartime, its citizenry too pathetic to distinguish between assailing an administration for bungling a war to an almost comic extent and supporting terror - at least in the mind of Dick Cheney. Tom Friedman (TimesDelete) has the best response to Cheney's brutally consistent incompetence:

If we’re in such a titanic struggle with radical Islam, and if getting Iraq right is at the center of that struggle, why did you 'tough guys' fight the Iraq war with the Rumsfeld Doctrine — just enough troops to lose — and not the Powell Doctrine of overwhelming force to create the necessary foundation of any democracy-building project, which is security? How could you send so few troops to fight such an important war when it was obvious that without security Iraqis would fall back on their tribal militias?

Bottom line: Mr Cheney, you're an incompetent wimp who didn't have the will to win in Iraq, or the integrity to uphold American values while fighting a deadly foe. You have thereby made us all less safe, and stained the reputation of America for decades. Your incompetence and brutality have made us both less feared and more despised in the world. Why is that not the rallying cry for the opposition this fall?

(Photo: Charles Dharapak/AP.)