The mainstream meme emerging from the CNN/Union Leader Republican presidential debate is apparently that everyone went easy on Romney, which makes him, somehow, the “front runner.” Less noticed but more credible – and much more interesting – was what one post-debate analysis by Washington Post columnist Jackson Diehl expressed in the form of a question: “Will the GOP nominate a dove?” That was the title, no doubt the work of a relatively fair-minded editor, but Diehl’s take is more ideological:
“Is the Republican party turning isolationist for 2012? No doubt it’s too soon to know–but the responses of GOP presidential candidates to questions about Libya and Afghanistan in Monday night’s debate were striking. None supported President Obama’s decision to join NATO’s military intervention against the regime of Moammar Gadhafi. ‘There was no vital national interest,” said Rep. Michelle Bachmann, summing up what appeared to be the prevailing view.”
The term “Isolationism” was originally coined as an epithet, and the word certainly has about it a troglodytic air: one imagines a cranky old man yelling “get off my lawn” to children passing in the street. Yet that’s an image which surely fits the mood of the American public these days, and certainly they have much to be cranky about – especially when it comes to the conduct of American foreign policy.
I thought it was an interesting column and think you'll agree with me on that. It not only captures some elements of the GOP debate that are not being emphasized, it also underscores how much everything flipped when A Man Called Dope entered the White House.
The press immediately fled Iraq because Afghanistan was where Barack wanted to be. Then the left fled because they confused "Democratic" with "left." So while they were demonstrating that they don't value their own lives (those who become a cheerleading section) or the lives of others (Aimee Allison actually wanted to make a case that children in Pakistan deserved to die by drones because Barack is so groovy to her).
They certainly don't care about peace. If they did, they would be calling out Barack.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):