Nancy Pelosi reacteded to V.P. Cheney’s recent remarks by assuming the role of the injured party. Why? Because there is no answer to the substance of Cheney’s point. The Vice President pointed out that the Murtha-Pelosi push fro American withdrawal from Iraq validates Al Quada’s strategy.
This is axiomatic. The terrorists can never defeat the U.S. Military on the battlefield, so Al Queda has chosen to try to break the political will of the American government by providing as much murder and mayhem as possible for Western News Networks to feed into American living rooms. If the American government quits the fight, Al Queda’s strategy is proved valid.
Murtha and Pelosi have proposed quitting the fight, this validates Al Queda’s strategy. What can Pelosi say? Well, she hauled out not one, but two golden oldie responses to being undone by the facts. 1. “I won’t dignify Cheney’s remarks with an answer,” and 2. “Cheney is questioning my Patriotism.” Translation: 1. there is no answer to the self-evident logic of the V.P.’s analysis, and 2. Let’s change the subject.
It used to be said that “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel,” but it’s now apparent that Patriotism is at best the second-to-last refuge. When it comes to averting substantive policy debate Pelosi & Co. regularly take refuge in the claim that their Patriotism has been questioned.