Pat Buchanan’s attempt to defend Republican National Committee Chairman (RNC) Michael Steele fails. Miserably. Steele, of course, recently insisted that Afghanistan is “Obama’s war,” which cannot be won and should never have been waged. Pat defends Steele on free-speech grounds.
“A majority of Americans oppose the Afghan war,” Pat cries.
And the point made by Steele about the futility of fighting in Afghanistan has been made by columnists George Will and Tony Blankley, ex-Rep. Joe Scarborough, Ron Paul and antiwar conservatives and moderates.
When exactly did supporting Obama’s war policy become a litmus test for loyal Republicans?
Pat misstates the issue. The issue is not a narrowly partisan one of support for “Obama’s war policy.” The issue is a broadly national one of support for our troops in the field. Indeed, the question is not: do you want Obama to win? It is, instead: do you want our troops to win?
After all, president’s don’t lose wars; countries do. And losing a war ought to be unacceptable to all conservatives and, indeed, all Americans. But the sad truth is that Buchanan and other anti-war critics don’t want our troops to win. They want our troops to come home!
That’s fine. Pat and other “lost conservatives” are entitled to their opinion and to give voice to their opinion. This is, after all, the United States of America, the land of free speech and the First Amendment. Here, people and pundits are free to criticize the president’s war policies.
But free speech is a two-way street: Anti-war types like Buchanan are free to criticize the war; however, they can hardly expect to be immune from criticism themselves. Yet, Pat cries foul whenever his side gets whacked or knocked down. Well, welcome to the NFL, Buchanan! Political debate is a contact sport, you know!