Despite growing disenchantment with the war in Iraq, the well-organized conservative propaganda machine has been hard at work selling the "success of the surge." After relentlessly promoting the invasion of Iraq in the wake of 9-11, then denying or shifting blame for that invasion's negative repercussions, the neocons have now begun attacking anyone who challenges their "surge success" narrative for being defeatist and dishonoring the troops. Having moved the goalposts all the way up onto the line of scrimmage, the right now condemns anyone who will not recognize a touchdown.
Following up on his article last Saturday about the federal raid on the National Organization for the Repeal of the Federal Reserve and Internal Revenue Code (Norfed), a "sound money" organization which has been marketing "Ron Paul Dollars," the Washington Post's Alec MacGillisnotes an interesting defense against the government's assertion that Norfed's goal was "undermin[ing] the United States government's financial systems by the issuance of a non-governmental competing currency":
There's not a lot to work with, as I think Hillary Clinton's foreign policy has been surprisingly substance-free even for a presidential campaign, but two things immediately jump out at me. The first, obviously, is her attempt to position herself as a "serious" i.e. centrist national security Democrat, not like that Obama guy, who clearly has not yet perfected the art of squinting and nodding sagely about national security, but not as crazy as George W. Bush, who has irresponsibly screwed everything up with his irresponsible screw-ups.
Since 9/11, classical historian Victor Davis Hanson has established himself as one of the preeminent apologists for the Bush Doctrine, presenting George W. Bush as a combination of Achilles, Marcus Aurelius, and Jesus Christ, and showing that every aspect of modern life deserves its own analogy to the Peloponnesian War.