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Tilting at Windmills

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November 11, 2005
By: Kevin Drum

THE LAST REFUGE....Glenn Reynolds on Democrats who claim that George Bush misled us into war:

And yes, he should question their patriotism. Because they're acting unpatriotically.

Glad we got that out in open.

UPDATE: This is peculiar. Glenn thinks I quoted him unfairly because I left out his preliminary throat clearing that "this is all about Democratic politicans pandering to the antiwar base." I don't quite get why this pro forma puffery is germane, though, especially since he explains himself this way in a subsequent post:

I didn't say (and don't think) that anyone who opposes the war is unpatriotic....But the Democratic politicans who are pushing the "Bush Lied" meme are, I think, playing politics with the war in a way that is, in fact, unpatriotic.

Unless I'm missing something, this means just what I thought it meant: Democrats who claim that George Bush misled us into war are being unpatriotic. However, there's been steadily growing evidence that the Bush administration suppressed official dissents about the WMD evidence before the war, and the fact that we now know this seems like a pretty good reason for even the most patriotic among us to suspect that Bush did, in fact, mislead the American public. There's undoubtedly political calculation going on as well, but that happens on both sides of the street and is hardly evidence of non-patriotism.

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