It's from atrios
He states (correctly to my mind) that the incoherence in Democratic foreign policy is not an artifact of the anti war crowd, but rather of the folks who gave George Jr. a blank check:
I don't actually disagree with the general proposition that the Democrats need a bit of piss and vinegar in their foreign policy, but they have to figure out where to aim that piss. Peter Beinart and Joe Biden and the rest of the gang didn't aim their piss, they let George Bush grab their dicks and point them towards Baghdad. And, now, two years later, they want to lecture the rest of us on how to be perceived as "strong."
The way to be perceived as strong isn't to let George W. Bush tell you where to point your dick.
Not only is this amusing, it is a tremendously useful metaphor.
It frames the argument such that support for the war is weakness,
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There are a number of reasons that this is effective:
- It makes them appear weak and unmanly.
- It will necessarily put them on the defensive. They are not just reckless and stupid, they are "Girly men".
Basically, they are WHIPPED
, and being the "Muscular Democrats" they see themselves as, it should hamstring them.