THE LEFT-WING WAR AGAINST THE LIBERAL HAWKS
Centerfeud had a good post called " The Democrats: Leftward Ho!"
outlining the upcoming campaign by the hard Left, the Antiwar Left and the Blame America First Left to use the 2004 election - regardless of the results - to justify seizing control of the Democratic Party machinery. If Kerry wins it will be because of the energy of the Wingnuts, you see and if Kerry loses it will be the fault of moderate Democrats who support the War on Terror. Trademark reasoning in those authoritarian political quarters.
Well, Anatol Lieven has fired a shot across the bow of the moderates in - no surprise here - The Nation
blasting pro-war leftists and liberals as future Neocons and liberal imperialists
. Unlike Noam Chomsky, who is more or less seen outside radical circles as a discredited charlatan, Lieven is the hard Left's intellectual heavyweight and a respectable scholar which gives his critique more traction than if it was penned by one of the Nation's gang of would-be, trotskyite, commissars. Paul Berman
in particular is the subject of Lieven's wrath ( you can almost hear cries of " Apostate !" in the Lieven article) - or at least the straw man that Lieven represents as Berman's argument in Terror and Liberalism
Hopefully, the DLC and pro-war Liberals and Leftist like Paul Berman are prepared to fight back against what is likely to be a vicious campaign of character assassination intended to drive them out of the Democratic Party and influential liberal think tanks. The wingnuts are playing for power and by definition if their actions also have a negative effect on the war or American national security - so much the better in their view.
The Right needs to have reasonable and responsible critics and the country needs a vital center to win the war. While it is tempting to react with glee to infighting on the Left, Republicans and conservatives need to keep to the long view. A completely defeatist, anti-American, irresponsible, Democratic Party led by socialist zealots hurling embittered jeremiads and actively sabotaging the war against Islamist terrorism is in no one's best interest.