Via Democracy Guy, I saw this story about Idiotarian George Galloway, the Saddam-loving, Stalin-worshipping, British MP:
The Guardian blog is reporting that George Galloway has taken the opportunity of the terrorist attacks in London today to score political points.There are so many things wrong with that statement that it would take a week to list them all, but Democracy Guy summed it up nicely.1513 Respect MP George Galloway says: "We argued, as did the security services in this country, that the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq would increase the threat of terrorist attack in Britain. Tragically Londoners have now paid the price of the Government ignoring such warnings."London's been a target. London will be a target. For a long time. Anyone who thinks anything Britain has or hasn't done since September 11 has increased or decreased London's likelihood of being a target for Al Queda is simply a damn fool. And to make a statement like that on a day like today, while bodies are still being pulled out of tube stations, reveals precisely the sort of sub-human George Galloway is.
One point he didn't highlight, which deserves notice, is this: it's common among liberals who deny that they're soft on national security to make the argument, "We're not opposed to a strong America defending itself. We're against the Iraq war because [pick one or more] it's the Wrong War, Wrong Place, Wrong Time (tm)/the White House didn't plan properly for the war/it will make us less safe/Bush lied! But we're not opposed to all wars. After all, we supported the attack on Afghanistan. All Democrats did. You're impugning our patriotism to suggest that we wouldn't have. Of course Al Gore or John Kerry would have, if they'd have been president. They just would have been smarter about Iraq."
But more and more, I see the sort of statements Galloway made: "We argued, as did the security services in this country, that the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq would increase the threat of terrorist attack in Britain." (Emphasis added.) Afghanistan gets lumped in with Iraq as something which "has made us less safe."
Of course, liberals will argue that (a) George Galloway isn't American, and (b) George Galloway is a freaking lunatic. And they'd be right. Obviously Galloway doesn't speak for many mainstream American liberals -- although there was plenty of cheering for him in the liberal blogosphere after his combative appearance before Congress earlier this year. But I see the same sort of Afghanistan-And-Iraq language being used more and more.
No, I don't think that liberals are unpatriotic. Nor do I think they're so weak that they wouldn't have responded to 9/11 by attacking Afghanistan. But I do think that they reflexively assume that American military power is useless or even counterproductive, that "wars never solve anything," etc. Hence after the shock of 9/11 had worn off, they hopped right off the military bandwagon.