Defeat at any price

The new issue of the Weekly Standard carries the long meditation by Professor David Gelernter on the Democrats’ enormous investment in the defeat of the United States in Iraq. Professor Gelernter sees in it not the Democrats’ calculation of near-term political advantage but rather the Democrats’ deep-seated belief in appeasement, pacifism, and globalism:

Those are the Big Three principles of the Democratic left. Each one has been defended by serious people; all are philosophically plausible, or at least arguable. But they are unpopular (especially the first two) with the U.S. public, and so the Democrats rarely make their views plain. We must infer their ideas from their (usually) guarded public statements.

He adds:

The Democrats don’t conceal their globalist ideas, but their appeasement and pacifism are positions they can only hint at.

The Democrats seem to me to have a gift for camouflaging their views on the serious issues addressed by Professor Gelernter. Although I part company with Professor Gelernter’s advocacy of universalist Americanism in the course of the essay, his undressing of the Democrats’ views in this essay deserves the widest attention and discussion.
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