In his July 4th piece, Boston Globe columnist James Carroll writes
How new is this idea [that all men are created equal] today? Its transforming work continues all around us. Last week, the US Supreme Court faulted the Bush administration for its treatment of detainees in Guantanamo, implicitly affirming that one need not be a citizen of this nation to claim basic rights.
Except, that not what the Supreme Court said in the Hamdan case. They did not affirm that the Bill of Rights applies to terrorists picked up in a war. They didn't even say that they were entitled to be tried in US courts. What they did say was that before the Bush Administration could use any type of proceeding, be they military commissions or something else, they had to get the approval of Congress.
No such deviations from the judiciary proceedings are allowed for US citizens so it is clear that the SCotUS did nothing like what Mr Carroll claims.
James Carroll made it up.
Similarly, in an Op/Ed piece today Mr Carroll again displays is ability to make up a world suited to his needs and pretend it's somehow related to this world.
A new strategy of unilateral action, applied with overwhelming force and preemptive strikes, and focused on protecting access to Persian Gulf oil, would transform the entire region. Upon invading Iraq, US troops would be greeted with flowers. A post-Saddam Hussein democracy in Iraq would spark democratic reforms throughout the Arab world. Fundamentalist Muslims would be discredited. Palestinians and Israelis would come to terms. Iran, faced with ascendant American power, would retreat from its revolution. As for weapons of mass destruction, with nonproliferation replaced by ``counter-proliferation," rogue nations would heel. Best of all, terrorism would be defeated on its home battlefield. America militant and triumphant. Those not supporting this new order would be sorry.
Who's sorry now? Washington was poised to take full credit for the realization of its transformative fantasy in the Middle East. Can Washington accept responsibility for the transformative catastrophe that its new strategic doctrine is even now bringing about?
First, when he points out that the strategy to defeat Islamists would entail "overwhelming force and preemptive strikes, and focused on protecting access to Persian Gulf oil, would transform the entire region" he not only leaves stuff out, he leaves stuff out.
One component he left out was the reconstruction effort as going hand-in-hand with toppling the Iraqi regime. In fact, we have a whole group of soldiers whose task it is to do just that: They are called Civil Affairs Teams. He also fails to note that toppling Hussein did "spark democratic reforms throughout the Arab world". Certainly in Iraq, but also in Lebanon and Egypt, not to mention Kuwait and even Saudi Arabia. Sure it's not a complete change overnight, but Mr. Carroll said spark, though his column expects forest fire. And in Mr Carroll's world, the terrorists are not being fought on their home turf when in the real world, they are.
Start with Iraq. ``Without Saddam," Wolfowitz predicted in 2002, ``Iraq can have perhaps the best government in the Arab world." With civilian deaths lately running at an average of 100 a day, at what point will the Bush administration acknowledge that Iraq has, instead, a tragic civil war? ``Tyrants respond to toughness," Rice declared ahead of the US invasion . In Iraq, the brutal tyrant is gone. But, under US sponsorship, the Iraqi people now brutalize one another, tribally. The tyrant was replaced by the tyranny of toughness.
This is again the world according to Carroll. It appears he can not tell the difference between people who want a Democratic form of Government and those who oppose it to the point of kidnapping and beheading people. Mr Carroll expects the road to be smooth as silk and calls foul when his made up world doesn't match reality. Perhaps he should have noted in his July 4th Column that the American fight for independence took eight years of blood, sweat and tears.
And not everyone was so sure it was a good idea either.
He might also have pointed out that without a foreign military power aiding us, it would not have happened.
This is because Mr Carroll lives in fantasy land that he made up.
Or perhaps he didn't. Perhaps he is just inhabiting the fantasy world invented by the Leftists. Or by the Hate-Bush-All-The-Time crowd. But I suspect that since the geography of that fantasy world has never been set down on paper, each inventor must make up his or her own landscape.
And in his fantasy world, Mr Carroll not only blames Bush (big surprise) for the fact that since 2000 Hizbollah went unopposed in Southern Lebanon to build and train an Army that would oppose Israel.
That tyranny lives in Israel's brutal -- and increasingly inexcusable -- air war against Lebanon. Israel is wrong, but unlike Washington, it faces a threat that is real. Hezbollah, with support from Iran and Syria, signals the return of an open Arab determination to eliminate the Jewish state.
Mr Carroll refuses to admit that getting rid of Hizbollah would be a boon to Middle East peace and Democracy. What's more, he blame Israel, not Hizbollah. In that he is completely alighned with the Leftists. He also refuses to admit that the very fact of US Forces in Iraq allows Israel the freedom to prosecute this war without having to guard its flanks against Syria and Iran.
When you're making stuff up, you are free to presume that the best case scenerio is the one your hated political opponent envisioned and then you are free to ignore facts, and history, and even inertia to present the world as the complete antithesis of that world.
But there are some who can use the Internet, and they can look stuff up. And they remember the words of President Bush during his State of the Union in 2002 where he talked about a long hard road ahead
Our war on terror is well begun, but it is only begun. This campaign may not be finished on our watch -- yet it must be and it will be waged on our watch.
We can't stop short. If we stop now -- leaving terror camps intact and terror states unchecked -- our sense of security would be false and temporary. History has called America and our allies to action, and it is both our responsibility and our privilege to fight freedom's fight.
But in Mr Carroll's fantasy world, elements of which are much too representative of the fantasy world - or dare I say lie - of the Left is to conveniently forget, or convince their readers to forget, what the real world is like.