Andrew Sullivan: ‘Having Saddam In Power Kept Us Safe’

October 24, 2010

We’re paraphrasing of course. Here is the exact quote from Andrew Sullivan reacting to the embarrassing (for Progressive defenders of Saddam) discovery that Americans did find WMD in Iraq:

And the irony, of course, is that it was the invasion that gave insurgents and Islamists access to these remnants.

This can only be translated, ‘Having a brutal Socialist-Nationalist-Islamist dictator in power was the safer bet.’

Sullivan’s comment also betrays an ignorance and/or naivete, suggesting that Saddam had not marginally lost his grip on power as a result of a years of crushing sanctions and no-fly zones.

Iraq was already crumbling, and becoming a Jihad center of gravity. It was only a matter of time before the Sunni dictatorship lost full control of its weapons. But Sullivan, and the Progressive faction of the Democrat party, fail to think creatively enough to understand why that might pose a long term threat in a post 9/11 world.

In a Progressive moral universe, America supplied Saddam with horrific weapons of mass destruction. Those weapons went unaccounted for, but America shouldn’t have done all it could to secure the stockpiles it helped make possible. Iraq should have been allowed to collapse and the weapons should have been allowed to go where they may.



Jon David Kahn “American Heart”