It’s always a very bad look for the right when they’re reduced, as they were when the American people failed to rally round impeachment of Clinton and were condemned by GOP pols and pundits as morally bankrupt, to suggesting that their fabbo leadership has been let down by a fickle populace. Paul’s already riffed off Janet Albrechtsen’s latest rant, calling her on her crud about Latham’s forestry policy. Paul Kelly, the ideologue par excellence of the punditarian ideologues, appears to have caught the same bug. It’s our fault if the terrsts win:
These are that the enemy is not the generic evil of terrorism. The enemy is Islamist terrorism as represented by al-Qa’ida and its non-state networks. This is not primarily a military threat but a global ideological and political threat that constitutes a crisis within a civilisation. This threat is long term and will demand from the West a response of hard and soft power including diplomacy, force, intelligence, law enforcement and economics; but, above all, it will demand an internal consensus on the nature of the threat that, at present, is missing from the democracies.
If anyone can make sense of that gibberish, perhaps they could also explain why none of the “justifications” for Iraq ever survive contact with reality these days, or even approach coherence.
We can’t let the Iranians win by letting the terrsts win in Iraq, says the PM. Except that if anything “emboldened” Iran, it was the removal of their enemy Saddam, turning over large parts of the Shi’a South to their influence, setting up a “democracy” which has sectarian parties all funded by Iran seeking to reverse the pattern of domination that previously existed rather than bring about “national reconciliation”, not to mention giving Iran leverage through placing heaps of troops in the way of potential harm they could stir up. The only thing we need to do, according to the pundits and pols, is to keep fear itself at the uppermost of our minds. And trust them. Or something. The shift we’re seeing across the West, and particularly in America, shows that it’s very difficult for fearmongering and warlike elites to sustain their crazed policies in the face of growing public opposition and scepticism. That’s not any sort of “failure of will”, as Paul Kelly would have us believe when he writes, “in the Long War against Islamism, grave doubt surrounds the will and patience of the West”. It’s called democracy. And it’s a good thing.