Coming on the heels of my latest column
about San Francisco's leftist leadership's history of anti-war/anti-military actions, Supervisor Chris Daly has once again jumped into the fray. This time with a nonbinding resolution demanding the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, again.
And once again, it was supported by a majority of Daly's fellow supes. The same Board of Supervisors that would do well to pay more attention to its own backyard than to passing meaningless resolutions regarding matters over which it has no control.
has an excellent editorial on the subject, "Escapist politics, courtesy of Iraq
," which concludes with these wise words:
If you are Chris Daly, the board’s most activist progressive, perhaps you imagine you can stiffen the speaker’s spine by sending a message tapping into Bay Area politics. Those sentiments, of course, can be summarized as war weariness before the war even started. But your grasp of history is tenuous: The “greatest generation” was likewise weary at the time of the Battle of the Bulge, but something in the American character held back if an ambitious demagogue contemplated a premature withdrawal from Europe.
No, your historical template is the Vietnam war, the irresolute prosecution of which enabled the cultural iconization of anti-war activists. You can be one of them, too, and, by mobilizing the political descendants of the old anti-war movement, you can fuel your own ascendancy. You can draft a resolution expressing your grief over the loss in Iraq of “3,100 brave soldiers,” though you might not have felt such tender solicitude for the even higher mortality numbers, in peace and war, tallied during the last three American presidencies.
If you are a jihadist or an Al Qaeda terrorist determined to set up a new caliphate in Mesopotamia, the better to destroy Western civilization, perhaps you’ll take notice of The City’s peaceful purposes and exempt it from your target list. Or not.
If you are one of the other six supervisors who voted for Daly’s resolution, your thoughts are not readily comprehensible. One thing’s certain: You’re not thinking about homicides, mudslides, transportation, housing or broken water mains.