Daniel Henninger writes a downer of a column. A sample:
The leadership vacuum. The administration never rallied the nation behind the war in a concrete way. A young Marine officer recently returned from combat in Iraq told me this week he is taken aback at how disassociated the American people seem from Iraq, no matter how constantly its in the news. He says its as if the problem is not so much what is actually happening in Iraq but that the war is "annoying" to Americans, as if to say: Cant it just go away or not be on the front page all the time? Rallying a nation at war is a presidents job.
The opposition vacuum. One reason the negative mood in politics is so disconcerting is that the oppositions alternative vision is nonexistent. On joining the opposition recently, GOP Sen. Norm Coleman announced, "I cant tell you what the path to success is." Joe Biden says the "primary" Iraq strategy should be to force its leaders to make the political compromises necessary to "end the violence."
As a political strategy, unremitting opposition has worked. Approval for the president and the war is low. The GOP lost sight of its ideological lodestars and so control of Congress. But the U.S. still occupies a unique position of power in the world, and we are putting that status at risk by playing politics without a net.
On the "Charlie Rose Show" this month, former Army vice chief of staff Gen. Jack Keane, who supports the counterinsurgency plan being undertaken by Gen. David Petraeus, said in exasperation: "My God, this is the United States. We are the worlds No. 1 superpower. This isnt about arrogance. This is about capability and applying ourselves to a problem that is at its essence a human problem."
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