It’s times like these that I wish Joe Lieberman had won the Democratic nomination. It would give Republicans myself the opportunity to elect a divided government that wouldn’t go wobbly on the war on terrorism. Instead we got John Kerry, one of the most liberal members of the Senate and a man who has already been an apologist for one tyrannical regime.
Lieberman has an excellent piece on why Donald Rumsfeld should stay, and it is a brilliantly done piece. An excerpt:
We cannot allow the prison scandal in Iraq to diminish our own American sense of national honor and purpose, or further erode support for our just and necessary cause in Iraq. American opponents of the war may try to do the latter, while foreign critics and enemies of the United States will try to do the former. The misdeeds of a few do not alter the character of our nation or the honor of the many who serve in our defense–and the world’s–every day. Winning the war we are now fighting in Iraq against Saddam loyalists and jihadist terrorists remains critical to the security of the American people, the freedom of the Iraqi people, and the hopes of all the Middle East for stability and peace.
Lieberman is a refreshing voice of sanity in a party that has seem to have lost its mind. Lieberman’s politics descend from a long line of strong Democrats, patriotic and brave leaders like Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Scoop Jackson, and Zell Miller. It is sad that the modern Democratic Party has abandoned this legacy and instead embraced a mixture of naive pacificism and outright hatred.