Another rant about barefaced hypocrisy. Look, I personally agree it’s probably a good thing to start talking terms with potentially sympathetic members of the Iraqi insurgency, as Defense Secretary Rumsfeld has now confirmed we’ve been doing:
As we’ve found in many terrorist battles from Northern Ireland to Sri Lanka, it can often be pretty constructive to open talks with some of the people who are trying to kill you. And I’m willing to believe the Administration’s claim that they’re talking to comparative moderates in the insurgent forces and not extending their diplomatic efforts to the most fanatical wingnuts like Zarqawi, which I agree would probably be just a waste of time.
And even some conservatives agree with this, e.g., Rich Lowry in a recent National Review column:
In short, I’m not pitting the talks themselves: in fact, I think they’re one of the least half-assed things our leaders have attempted in the whole course of this half-assed war.
But I gotta point out that these leaders have some fucking nerve still trying to paint Democrats and liberals as soft on terrorism (as per the whole recent Karl Rove flap) when they’re the ones who are confessedly, currently, deliberately negotiating with commanders of forces that are trying to kill our soldiers. We’ve seen time and again that this crew is a bunch of shameless hypocrites, but this is a new low.