Has any right-wing politician, pundit, or blogger expressed any satisfaction about the capture in Pakistan of the military commander of the Afghan Taliban?
Whatever importance Baradar had or didn’t have as a military and political leader, the importance of the story is that the capture was made by the ISI, the Pakistani secret police, which has had a long history of Islamist ties. Even the decision by the Pakistani security services to go to war with the Pakistani Taliban didn’t necessarily imply that they would stop backing their long-term clients in Afghanistan. So this looks like an event worth celebrating. But all I’ve seen from Red Blogistan is sneering, and Republican Washington seems to be silent, even though the Obama Administration tried to make it easy for them by not crowing.
My sense is that when the Right insisted that critics of Bush were willing to have the country lose a war if losing offered them political advantage, they were projecting their own fundamental lack of patriotism onto their opponents. Maybe that’s unfair. But if someone has contrary evidence, I’d like to see it.