Ross makes the necessary point vis a vis the furor over Reid’s acknowledgment that we have, in fact, lost the war in Iraq: Unless you want to take the insane position that it’s just impossible for the U.S. to ever lose a war As Long As Our Faith Is Strong, then at some point it has to be both accurate and (assuming the appropriate response to having lost a war is to stop fighting it) morally appropriate to say so. Needlessly harming troop morale is bad. Trying to end an already-failed mission before more lives are lost is good. Since these are both fairly obvious, time spent fuming is wasted: Nobody who thinks Reid’s statement is plainly false needs to be convinced to be upset about it, and nobody who thinks it’s true will think it’s anything to be upset about. So if the outrage brigades are going to spend their soundbites on anything, it would seem they ought to be spending it pointing out why what Reid said is false, not how outrageous it is supposing that it’s false. That doesn’t seem to be a burden many of them are eager to take up.
Not Just a River in Egypt. And If It Were, We’d Invade It.
April 23rd, 2007 · 3 Comments