Bill Clinton was always viewed as anti-military and/or ignorant of military operations. His supporters wanted to let you know how dangerous the world was but how tough he was, protecting American national security. While working hard to secure world peace, natch. Our military never trusted him but were Democrats lying when they said Clinton was keeping America safe? I don’t know what they believed but based on recent history, I’d say they were lying.
Thus after 9/11, Democrats rushed to blunt any criticism that Clinton negligence helped bring about 9/11 or that Dems are soft on patriotism. They all sounded like hawks, ready to attack the local ice cream store at the hint of anti-American sentiment. Fast forward to 2004, Dem John Kerry – who had earlier testified in Congress against the Vietnam War, calling our troops ‘Babykilllers’ and accusing Nixon of breaking international law – tried to revise history by claiming he was a bigger hawk than W, he served inside Vietnam and look, he got medals. When the Swiftboat Vets fought back, he crumbled, mumbling that he had thrown away the medals of other vets and similar nonsense. He had been for the Vietnam War when a young Navy officer, then he turned against it and then had to revise that history by supporting it again. I think he’s back to being against it again. BTW, Dems still fume against the Swiftboat ads, but they proved accurate in the long run.
In 2006, 2007 and early 2008, things were going badly in Iraq; Dems deserted President Bush and the Iraq invasion. Confident the invasion was collapsing, and seeking an issue against the GOP in the 2006 midterms and 2008 presidential elections, they revised their histories by claiming it was Bush’s war, that he and Cheney were warmongers, Dems had been against the war or suckered in because ‘Bush Lied, People Died.’ Liberals excel at stupid slogans that strike a chord with LIV. Bush and Cheney were about the only 2 who had faith, and rescued the Iraq civil war with a successful surge. BTW, remember they ran on the theme that Afghanistan was the ‘Real War” and Bush had failed us by getting distracted by Iraq when the terrorists were really in Afghanistan? Obama is elected and Afghanistan gets the usual Dem treatment of losing.
Whoops. There went the 2008 Dem presidential talking points. What would have happened without the housing bubble and the corresponding stock market collapse? The Dems and MSM blamed President Bush for the collapse, ignoring that he had tried to reign in Freddie/Fannie and their subprime lending, dictated by the Carter-Clinton ‘redline’ discrimination charges which led to the collapse.
Other rewrites? No, the Muslim Brotherhood isn’t bad, the Bush DOJ was wrong, and the Arab Spring is great. Oh wait. Let’s get out of Iraq as fast as we can, who cares about some stupid Status of Forces Agreement, who cares that we promised to leave behind a contingent to train the Iraq police/military and to protect our interests, who cares about leaving all that swell state of the art US military equipment? Russia? It’s old-style diplomacy to fear that country, this is the new Age of Obama. Iran? Why shouldn’t they have nuclear arms? We have ’em. Hamas? Hey if we just show em we want to be friends, and bare our necks, they will learn to trust us. Al Qaeda, hey it’s nothing without bin Ladin. Clear out the old dictator in Libya, fly in a few planes and everything will be fine. Tell Syria and Assad our vision for them and they’ll follow right along. Once the world sees that the old interfering America with her aggression and ‘policeman to the world’ is gone, the world will be a better, peaceful place.
Remember: it’s not important for liberal Dems to be right, it’s only important they win elections. Just say what works at the time and the MSM will cover for you. Here’s a little sample of revisionist history at work among the Dems. Be sure to note the dates: