Despite the rise of “South Park Conservatives,” it is the Democratic Party’s foreign policy that is guided by The Cartman Doctrine: “Screw you guys, I’m going home.”
The media reported a May 2008 report card for the Iraqi government rates that fractious body “satisfactory” on 15 of 18 benchmarks. The Associated Press buried the lede beneath two sentences emphasizing “the most frustrating realities” of Iraq’s “achingly slow” progress, and a quotation from Sen. Carl Levin calling for withdrawal. For a year, the Surge’s success has been undeniable.
Except on the Left. Barack Obama’s website asserts:
The goal of the surge was to create space for Iraq’s political leaders to reach an agreement to end Iraq’s civil war. At great cost, our troops have helped reduce violence in some areas of Iraq, but even those reductions do not get us below the unsustainable levels of violence of mid-2006. Moreover, Iraq’s political leaders have made no progress in resolving the political differences at the heart of their civil war.
Although the New York Times admitted, “Violence in all of Iraq is the lowest since March 2004,” and fragile political gains have emerged as a result of increased security afforded by the Surge, Obama concludes by proposing a 16-month timetable for withdrawal.
One would suspect a desire to punish the Iraqis for their accomplishments, if in every military or political circumstance, whether well or ill, the Democrats had not called for retreat.
Iraq’s first democratic election in January 2005 achieved 58 percent turnout. Yet John Kerry said it possessed only “a kind of legitimacy” due to the Sunni boycott; Ted Kennedy called for immediate withdrawals. Iraq’s third election that December scored 70 percent turnout, with Sunni participation up 4,000 percent in some areas. Nancy Pelosi greeted the news by stating, “the Iraqi people are ready and willing now to take matters into their own hands” — and calling for withdrawal. Hillary Clinton followed suit.
With rising casualties and extended deployments in 2005-6, John Murtha pronounced the military “broken,” and claimed we “are losing” the fight, accusing Marines of committing war crimes “because of the pressure.” He offered his six-month retreat as the solution.
After an infusion of 21,500 new troops, decreased violence, and internal pacification, Barack Obama stated this April that the “military is overstretched” and admonished Gen. Petraeus to “define your goals tightly and modestly,” in a way that “includes a timetable for withdrawal.”
Thus, to the Left, military set-backs prove Iraq is a lost cause and at the same time any military success demonstrates Iraqi strength which proves the same action is required: America goes home. Political reversals show Iraqi ingratitude and prove we should withdraw. Political gains are either dismissed or said to prove that idle threats of retreat are working, and we should carry through with them. There is no discomfort too mild, no advance too fragile, no tragedy too inevitable — including genocide — to stifle leftist calls to implement The Cartman Doctrine.
The Left’s disregard for innocent life extends beyond Iraqis. Code Pink founder Jodie Evans, who has bundled at least $50,000 in contributions for the Obama campaign, has stated she seeks to “undermine” American soldiers, because, “If you don’t have soldiers, you won’t be at war.” Markos Moulitsas of The DailyKos was more explicit after Iraqi terrorists desecrated the charred remains of American contractors in Fallujah: “I feel nothing for merceneries [sic.]…Screw them.” Mr. Moulitsas now regularly discusses policy and strategy with Pelosi and Harry Reid via conference call.
As David Horowitz and I document in our new book, Party of Defeat, the war against the Surge is but one facet of the antiwar Left’s campaign to sabotage a war they authorized, and which we happen to be winning. Other manifestations include false accusations against U.S. troops at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay, and Haditha; front page leaks of classified security programs; parroted lies from phony “CIA insiders” designed to impugn the president’s credibility; physical assistance delivered to terrorist strongholds; and rhetoric so vicious Osama bin Laden merely recycles it.
He will not be alone in laughing if the nation begins taking its anti-terrorism cues from Comedy Central. However, the Iraqi people will pay dearly, and the American soldier, as always, will bear the greatest cost.