Yesterday, I commented on a redefinition of success in the Middle East posted over at Dr. Sanity's blog. In her post, Dr. Sanity offered a quote attributed to Alan Chamberlain:
"Five years ago, Middle Eastern extremists were killing Israelis and Americans. Today they are killing each other. Why is it that some people persist in claiming that Israel's and America's Middle East policy is a failure?"
This morning, as I read about the bus bombing in Kabul, Afghanastan, it occurred to me that no matter what happens in the Middle East -- whether the violence is quelled or explodes -- some hawks will say that we are witnessing the success of U.S. policy.
I remember a time when success was not so broadly defined. For example, Dr. Sanity once suggested that those who noticed the growing violence in the Middle East weren't seeing signs of success (or failure), they were suffering the equivalent of a paranoid delusion:
Here we have the media and their masters on the Left in full-blown paranoid mode. I'm not even sure they are capable anymore of understanding how destructive and irrational their behavior has become. But their descent into hysteria and delusion seems to have no bottom....
And as Dr. Sanity diagnosed psychoses in those who noticed the deteriorating situation in the Middle East, she offered her own assessment of the situation:
Afghanistan is in good shape and very healthy. Iraq is in good shape and getting healthier. Our economy is doing superbly (even the price of gasoline is going down and not up). By all standards; and all tests; America is healthy and strong.