Don Surber today digs up Kevin Drum’s prediction a year ago that the U.S. troop “surge” would fail, giving democracy a defeat in Iraq. Drum said the “surge” also would prove once and for all that there was no way to save South Vietnam from enslavement to Communism in 1975.
As Surber points out, Drum has been proven spectacularly wrong.
Drum was eager to see the fascists win. On Dec. 23, 2006, he declared the “surge” plan folly. He wrote:
Still, honesty compels me to say that I’m glad this is going to happen. I know this makes me a bad person with no concern for human life etc. etc. (feel free to expand on this sentiment in comments), but at some point we have to come to a conclusion on this stuff. Conservatives long ago convinced themselves against all evidence that we could have won in Vietnam if we’d only added more troops or used more napalm or nuked Hanoi or whatever, and they’re going to do the same thing in Iraq unless we allow them to play this out the way they want. If they don’t get to play the game their way, they’ll spend the next couple of decades trying to persuade the American public that there was nothing wrong with the idea of invading Iraq at all. We just never put the necessary resources into it.
Well, screw that. There’s nothing we can do to stop them anyway, so give ‘em the resources they want. Let ’em fight the war the way they want. If it works — and after all, stranger things have happened — then I’ll eat some crow. But if it doesn’t, there’s a chance that the country will actually learn something from this.
Learning something? Kevin Drum shows what’s wrong with the Democratic Party today. They are so eager for a Republican president to fail that they delude themselves into believing that their wishes are good, or at least inevitable. They are neither good nor inevitable.
There’s a chance that Drum “will actually learn something from this.” Maybe now he and all his pseudo-liberal, selfishly racist friends can apologize to the Vietnamese and Iraqis they were willing to abandon forever.
But let’s see him eat that crow first.