James Lewis writes a very illuminating piece about the rampant paranoia and selective amnesia in many Democrat leaders when it comes to foreign policy.
On top of the general and consistent attempts at securing a defeat for America in our current Middle Eastern actions, Lewis also points out several specific examples:
Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter's calamitous National Security chief, is suddenly flying to Damascus along with money man Hassan Nemazee from the Clinton campaign. That follows Nancy Pelosi's trip to Bashir Assad in Damascus in April of 2007, and Steny Hoyer's meeting with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt at the same time.
The Muslim Bro's are the wellspring of Sunni terrorism; the Iranians are the folks behind Shiite suicide bombers.
That's an awful lot of Democrats suddenly chorusing kumbaya with the people who spend their lives chanting “Death to America!” — especially when none of the Democrats have a constitutional role in US foreign policy.
Lewis goes on to talk about some other recent actions that simply can't be reconciled with factual reality aside from selective amnesia. Excerpts:
I remember Madeleine Albright as SecState for Bill Clinton — with highlights like waltzing with brutal dictator Kim Jong Il for the TV cameras, while tens of thousands of his starving subjects marched by in the street below. It's just incomprehensible how a well-informed diplomat could literally dance for the world's cameras with the most evil little SOB in the world, and never notice anything amiss. She knew that little SOB was killing hundreds of thousands of his people that year by deliberate starvation. She knew he was going for nukes. It was the precise moral equivalent of dancing in public with Hitler or Stalin, right in the middle of the Holocaust or the Gulag.
Like Clinton advisor Anthony Lake, now on Obama's team, who became a laughingstock when he said he didn't think Alger Hiss was guilty of spying — even after the Soviet archives were opened up. Lake was supposed to become SecState… The Alger Hiss scandal was fifty years ago. Call it multi-generational denial on the foreign policy Left.
Zbigniew Brzezinski himself has been hotly denying the Carter Administration's plain responsibility for bringing the Mullahs to power in 1979 — people who have been drilled from early childhood to hate us as corrupt infidels, and who were very, very clear about it to their followers before they ever came to power. The Shah of Iran was a vigorous modernizer and pro-American; the Mullahs are throwbacks to the tribal cruelty and savagery of the 7th century. Carter and his team couldn't tell the difference. As Andrew Young, then Jimmy Carter's UN Ambassador said at the time, they just thought the Ayatollah was some kind of gentle saint, the Mahatma Gandhi of the Mysterious East. Well, Khomeini went on to order the execution of thousands of his fellow revolutionaries belonging to the Mujahedeen Khalq, he established a torture regime, and he started his own Hitler Youth, the Basiji, who still specialize today in beating anti-regime demonstrators to a bloody pulp and in humiliating women for wearing un-Islamic dress. And hanging people by the neck off tow trucks. Oh, yes, and the Ayatollah got into a major war with Saddam Hussein, which killed a million people.
And yet, Calamity Jimmy Carter and Brzezinski still deny responsibility today, three decades later; and they still counsel patience, patience — the regime is bound to become a liberal dream as soon as it gets nukes. Any day now.
Lewis' point is that today's Democrats lack the fundamental understanding of the Cold War liberals that Republicans aren't their biggest enemies. He points to the 1968 timeframe as the time when reality-based liberals — who thought their biggest enemies were China and the Soviet Union — were purged from the party, just as Senator Joe Lieberman was purged just a couple years ago. Madeleine Albright, the longest serving Democrat Secretary of State alive, recently gave a speech in which she said, “America's enemy is not … Islamic terrorism, for terrorism is by its nature un-Islamic.” Say what?? She also just released a book that claims Bush is the worst President in U.S. history.
For a former SecState to strike out at an American President in this fashion in an anti-American foreign-language newspaper is simply unprecedented. No American diplomat would have done that in Pravda or Iztvestiya during the Cold War. But the lady is quoted by the Syrian press as writing that “… the war on (sic) Iraq was the biggest mistake in the history of US foreign policy.” That will sure strengthen our troops who are in daily combat with child-murdering truck bombers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
If a Democrat gets into the White House they will have no negotiating position left, because their highest-ranking expert, Ms. Albright, has just told the world what she will advise them to do: Surrender everything our soldiers have sacrificed to win.
Lewis also points out some startling examples of extreme paranoia:
“According to journalist Morton Kondracke, Albright was in the green room at Fox News Channel yesterday when “She said, 'Do you suppose that the Bush administration has Osama bin Laden hidden away somewhere and will bring him out before the election?' ” Although Albright now says the remark was a “joke,” Kondracke says that at the time, “she was not smiling,” and other witnesses back him up:
“Two makeup artists who prep the guests before their appearances also reported that Albright did not ask her question in a joking manner,” Fox reports.”
And then there's Senator John Kerry, who came out with the very same idea after he lost the election in 2004. He said that Osama Bin Laden's videotaped sermon in October of 2004 cost him the election. According to Geraldo Rivera, Kerry said that he lost because of “… that Usama tape – it scared them [the American people].”
“In a withering critique of the Bush administration, former Vice President Al Gore on Sunday accused the president of betraying the country by using the Sept. 11 attacks as a justification for the invasion of Iraq.
“'He betrayed this country!' Mr. Gore shouted into the microphone at a rally of Tennessee Democrats here in a stuffy hotel ballroom. 'He played on our fears. He took America on an ill-conceived foreign adventure dangerous to our troops, an adventure preordained and planned before 9/11 ever took place.'” (emphases added)
For years, every explanation of their electoral failures has blamed Republican conspiracies and plots that simply didn't exist, relying on paranoia; they've fallen out of touch with reality. And here's the problem: we Americans rely on our political leaders to be in touch with reality. Lewis rightly points out that if Democrats gain the White House in November, they are very likely to fall for paranoia and conspiracy theory again and sell out all the gains that the American military has won through sacrifice on the battlefield. After all, they don't view Islamic terrorists as their biggest enemies; that would be the Republicans. Lewis' conclusion:
The trouble with paranoids is that they act out of their fantasies, not reality. If the Democrats are indeed sending Brzezinski to negotiate with Assad and Iran and their tame gangsters, they could be motivated by that same set of imagined fears — that the GOP Meanies are planning another October Surprise, which worked so well for Reagan and Bush I & II. In their minds, back-door negotiations with America's enemies got three Republican presidents elected in four different elections.
That's crazy — but if you believe it, why not try some backdoor tricks yourself? It's is a whole different road to Damascus, just to protect yourself against your real enemies, the Republicans.
This is just Lewis' opinion, of course, but it's very hard to deny when he backs it up with so many real examples, don't you think? At the very least, it's thought-provoking, and seems to be yet another reason that Democrats should not be allowed to run our government.
There's my two cents.