November 05, 2007

Calling Bullshit : Bush on Iran...

Frank Rich's piece in the Times this AM is a nice starter for this, discussing the Democratic response to the ridiculous marketing campaign being advanced by The Nutmegger Cowboy to persuade Americans that Iran is a real danger.

But what happens if President Bush does not bomb Iran? That is good news for the world, but potentially terrible news for the Democrats. If we do go to war in Iran, the election will indeed be a referendum on the results, which the Republican Party will own no matter whom it nominates for president. But if we don’t, the Democratic standard-bearer will have to take a clear stand on the defining issue of the race. As we saw once again at Tuesday night’s debate, the front-runner, Hillary Clinton, does not have one.

The reason so many Democrats believe war with Iran is inevitable, of course, is that the administration is so flagrantly rerunning the sales campaign that gave us Iraq. The same old scare tactic — a Middle East Hitler plotting a nuclear holocaust — has been recycled with a fresh arsenal of hyped, loosey-goosey intelligence and outright falsehoods that are sometimes regurgitated without corroboration by the press.

Currently, after YEARS of this relentless assault, a BARE majority of Americans support action against Iran specifically to stop them from getting nuclear weapons. How do you overcome that? By not accepting the premise. For one, the Iranians are YEARS away from nukes, if ever. Further, no one in the region wants them to have them. However, they're more than prepared to sit back and let Bush turn us, yet again, into fools for political gain.

So what's a Democrat to do? Call the lie a lie and do it loudly. Challenge the liar for real, actionable intel. Theory isn't enough. Then explain that even if they were able to dig up something, Bush isn't the one to act because, much like his work in Afghanistan and Iraq, he'd just mess it up. Republicans can't be trusted with military force because they simply do not know how to apply it in an overwhelming way. This is where D's need to go on offense... and be BRUTAL.

The numbers in Alabama, a solidly Republican state, are the most interesting... 59% say it should be the UN that takes this on. Slightly less think that Bush is handling things well. Two years ago, this number would have been 80+% in this W04 stronghold. Now, it's less than 60%. This presents a unique opportunity for Democrats to step up and beat the Republicans down so badly they'll never again think winning is everything.

Posted by mcblogger at November 5, 2007 08:39 AM

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