US Defeat in Iraq Necessary for Democrats

What are we to think of a Democratic Party whose political success depends on the military defeat of the U.S. in Iraq? When the New York Times printed an opinion piece, “A War We Just Might Win” by Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack of the liberal Brookings Institute, the left wing bloggers of Daily Kos went ballistic. Unfortunately for those of us that believe the United States of America is the greatest country in the world, the “Daily Kos”, along with “MoveOn.org”, is the Democratic Party.

The problem the Democrats are having is the tide of the war seems to be turning in America’s favor. They are finding themselves caught between “Iraq and a hard place.” The Democrats would still like to lose; but only if we can lose while under the Bush administration. 

Democrat House Whip James Clyburn recently said if the forward progress being made in Iraq by General Petraeus continues, “that would be a real big problem for us.” For the Democrats who shun victory and desire defeat, progress in Iraq is very bad news indeed.  

In light of the positive news beginning to come out of Iraq, the Democrats, who don’t make a statement or decision without seeing which way the wind is blowing, are gradually beginning to change their anti-war rhetoric. Not against Bush, of course, but on the war in general. A couple of months ago, Democratic presidential candidates were stepping all over themselves to see who could surrender in Iraq the quickest. Bill Richardson and Dennis Kucinch won that race with a tie. They’d both be out of Iraq tomorrow morning. 

Today, we are beginning to hear a different story from these contenders. A few days ago, Senator Dick Durbin of “Nazi, Soviet Gulag, Pol Pot regime” fame, was quoted by the Associated Press as saying American-led forces in Iraq were “making some measurable progress, but it’s slow going.” Not nearly enough for Mr. Durbin, of course. “As our troops show some progress toward security, the government of this nation is moving in the opposite direction. This is really unsustainable with the American people,” said Durbin. When the New York Times, who as done everything in it’s power to insure America loses in the war on terror, prints an opinion that maybe the US can win in Iraq, even blind Democrats have to stand up and take notice.

Sen. Joe Biden’s retort to Bill Richardson in the silly YouTube debate cut the knees off the “get out of Iraq now” crowd when he said a pullout of U.S. combat troops would take at least a year to complete, and that unless some U.S. troops remained in Iraq, all the American citizens would have to be evacuated as well. “You better have helicopters ready to take those 3,000 civilians inside the Green Zone [in Baghdad],” he said. “You better make sure you have protection for them, or let them die.”    

Following Joe Biden’s admonishment and the recent results from the USA Today/Gallup poll that shows the percentage of Americans who believe the surge and additional troops in Iraq are working rose to 31% from 22% a month ago, the leading Democratic presidential candidates have lost their “out of Iraq today” vehemence, and while still pandering to their loony left-wing base, have at least acknowledged quitting Iraq immediately poses serious consequences.     

Unfortunately, no matter how good the news out of Iraq, it will never meet the bar set by Democrats, primarily because the bar gets raised every time a bench mark is met. Nevertheless, the progress being made in Iraq cannot be ignored. So while even the most anti-war Democrats like Dick Durbin are forced to concede “measurable progress” in Iraq and that the surge is working, it would not be wrong to suggest the Democrats will not be satisfied. After all, Iraq did not elect a Thomas Jefferson as president, the violence in Baghdad is still almost as high as Washington, DC, and the Iraqis have yet to build a Disney World.    

Americans do not like to lose. With a Democrat led congress and a liberal media, America “lost” in Vietnam and lived with shame and malaise for the next two decades. Do we need to “lose” again just so Democrats can remain in power?

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3 Responses to US Defeat in Iraq Necessary for Democrats

  1. Elroy says:

    And again, ‘victory’ is…?

    Cheers

    Elroy

  2. Elroy says:

    To add to my last comment, as an avid antiwar, commie lovin’, jihadist appeasing pinko that ever hitched down the pike, I just read A War We Could Win and am greatly encouraged. If that report is true, and reflects a trend across the country, and is sustainable, then all well and good; us progressives are not the baby-munching monsters that you wish, for your convenience, us to be. If the population of Iraq can be spared Sharia Law then we are all for it, although I am struck by the irony that an administration which is determined to avoid a theocracy in Iraq is so keen to implement one at home.

    But I want to see the COW repair the incalculable damage it has done to Iraq, both the people and the place, I want to see the USA pay reparations; on the other hand, I don’t want to see the USA blame the Iraqis for their dire predicament and I don’t want to see the USA hijack oil profits.

    If the USA was honest about its intentions it would renounce the hated oil revenue laws and let Iraq do as it wished; indeed, the USA would make bringing Iraq’s oil infrastructure up to scratch a high priority so that they can achieve some sort self-sufficiency all the quicker, and do it with no quid pro quo, but it appears the USA shall have its pound of flesh.

    Which leads us to the question of why they went in at all. Was it for the oil? The Australians say yes. I mean, the White House must have understood the implications. Oh, that’s right – they did. Seen this?

    ‘Once you got to Iraq and took it over, took down Saddam Hussein’s government, then what are you going to put in its place? That’s a very volatile part of the world, and if you take down the central government of Iraq, you could very easily end up seeing pieces of Iraq fly off: part of it, the Syrians would like to have to the west, part of it — eastern Iraq — the Iranians would like to claim, they fought over it for eight years. In the north you’ve got the Kurds, and if the Kurds spin loose and join with the Kurds in Turkey, then you threaten the territorial integrity of Turkey. It’s a quagmire if you go that far and try to take over Iraq. ‘

    That’s Dead-eye Dick Cheney in 1994. What changed? The Halliburton share price?

    In any case, I disagree with your premise that a US defeat in Iraq is necessary for the democrats to win in 2008; we don’t need it. If I were you I’d register as Democrat immediately as that’s the only way you are going to have a say in who the next POTUS might be as there has been far too much malfeasance by and on behalf of the White House to see the Republicans return to the White House unless of course they have a bit more malfeasance up their sleeve.

    And just quietly, the failure of the Iraqis to build a Disneyworld could be read as an example of the taste and restraint of Middle Eastern culture. Futhermore, might I remind you that its quite sometime since the US elected a Thomas Jefferson as well (and no, Ronald Reagan doesn’t count), and that if Washington DC is more violent than Baghdad it says far more about the former than the latter. It’s your capital city for crying out loud; if you can’t make that safe, what hope the rest of your imperial conquests, um, humanitarian interventions?

    Cheers

    Elroy

  3. Ed says:

    My God, I can’t believe how much more offensive this could be. Yes, you caught us. We Democrats are just on our little knees every night praying that US will be defeated in Iraq.

    First of all, I have news for you — we’ve already lost in Iraq. Looking at the reality in that country, can you honestly say we haven’t? Hell, that war was lost the day it was conceived.

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