Victor David Hanson writes eloquently on the herd of “blame-America-first” globalists:
||What explains this automatic censure of the United States, Israel, and to a lesser extent the Anglo-democracies of the United Kingdom and Australia? Westernization, coupled with globalization, has created an affluent and leisured elite that now gravitates to universities, the media, bureaucracies, and world organizations, all places where wealth is not created, but analyzed, critiqued, and lavishly spent.
(Emphasis his.) I agree with his sentiments, both repeated here and contained in his essay which I highy recommend. I and many of my colleagues on the right-hand side of the spectrum have written about this insistance by our so-called elite in focusing on any kind of bad news – either real or exaggerated – to the exclusion of all else. In any event, they seek the perspective that America must, must be in the wrong and highlight that side of the story as if it is the only side of the story. Hence the commentary of Senators Kennedy and Kerry regarding the Iraqi vote. Kennedy trots out his “quagmire” mindset on the eve of the election, unable to let the hint of optimism evident in the Iraqi surveys prior to the elections stand without at least trying to smack it down and remind everyone that this effort was just going to end in failure, failure, failure. Kerry has even less of an excuse – he was in possession of the news about how good the turnout was for the elections and yet just couldn’t be brought to concede what was, by then obvious. The elections were completely legitimate and the Iraqis knew it. He should have known it, too, but had to try to undercut the success story as best he could.
VDH ends with a valid question for these guys:
||Yet as Yeehah! Howard Dean takes over the Democratic party, as Kojo Annan’s dad limps to the end of his tenure, and as a Saddam-trading Jacques Chirac talks grandly of global airfare taxes to help the poor, they should all ask themselves whether a weary public is listening any longer to the hyped and canned stories of their own courage and brilliance.