STAB-IN-THE-BACK WATCH….Over at the Weekly Standard, the magazine that provides the intellectual superstructure for hawkish neoconservatism, Noemie Emery provides the most straightforward version yet of the stab-in-the-back narrative that neocons plan to lay on Democrats a few months from now:

[If] the surge is seen to fail, they will be the ones who made it more difficult, demoralized the armed forces, kneecapped the commander, and telegraphed to the enemy that our will was cracking, and we would shortly be leaving.

The Democrats have also given Bush a partial alibi for a possible failure — he tried, but at a critical moment they threw in the towel. This argument would be plausible enough to attract support from a great many people.

Why yes, it might be plausible enough to “attract support from a great many people”! It just mght. But I wonder where all these people will get the idea in the first place? Such a wonderful invention, the passive voice, isn’t it?