Glass Half full: Reynolds links to Frank Warner’s post on the increasingly popular Iraq War. Surely this uptick partially reflects Bush’s series of speeches (surely a no-brainer). The news, however, hasn’t been particularly positive – Abizaid on Lehrer last night while strongly stay-the-course & long-term optimistic, is not too sunny about the near future. (Lehrer’s questions demonstrate the thesis of another Warner post.)
I suspect two factors may have entered our calculations: a) a sense that comes from the bad news that this is a fight that can be lost and b) a sense from the reaction to the Pope’s speech that losing would be a very, very bad thing. Attacks on churches & the murder of a nun whose life has clearly been given to the service of others provide reality checks. (And yes, random murders by various other obsessives occur in all societies – the attitude of those in authority is everything.)
By the way, this was my introduction to Free Frank Warner’s blog; I like his slogan: A liberal for liberation: Dreams can’t come true if you never wake up.