On Afghanistan, however, independents side more closely with Republicans than with Democrats. Majorities of Republicans and independents think the war in Afghanistan was worth fighting and that the effort there is linked to the eventual defeat of terrorism more broadly. Majorities of Democrats disagree.Dean Barnett (with hilarious Photoshop):
If a majority of Democrats disagree the [Afghanistan] war was worth fighting in the first place, you can wager a mega-majority of Netroots’ denizens disagree. And yet the left is silent regarding Obama’s belligerence towards the Afghanistan theatre. It’s positively puzzling. Could the explanation be that the left has suddenly developed, contra the ABC/WaPo poll, an unprecedented enthusiasm for extirpating Jihadists?It's only a matter of time before Obama figures out how to climb down off the Afghanistan bluster ledge.
I doubt it. More likely is that the left is closing ranks around its candidate, confident that he doesn’t really mean his bluster.
After all he has to. Why? Because anything--anything--that George W. Bush initiated must be painted as irredeemably flawed and immoral and, as a result, must be discarded.
The Left just hasn't figured out how to paint that picture yet. But when they do, we can certainly count on Obama getting out front and being the Drum Major of that parade.
(Thanks to Hot Air)
OCCASIONS when I predicted that the Democrats/the Left would call for a pull-out from Afghanistan: