For those wondering how Democrat leaders manage to keep straight faces when calling for a retreat in Iraq after the recent progress in the region, I offer Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin as “Exhibit 1.”In an appearance on “Meet the Press,” Feingold said he was “shocked” by the president’s response to the calls for a surrender – he calls it a withdrawal – “in light of the November election.”
Hello, Russ! It’s July! A lot of things have happened in the last nine months. Why, if you were a woman, you could have conceived and given birth in that amount of time.
You might say David Petraeus, the new commander in Iraq, has given birth to a whole new war – a war that is being won with the help of a troop surge.
But Feingold and his Democrat buddies are like a broken record. They are stuck in the same old groove. “It’s draining our military! It’s hurting our recruiting! We can’t afford it! If we just go home there will be peace in the Middle East. Then, we can concentrate on the really important things like government-run health, giving amnesty to illegal aliens and marriage to homosexuals.”
From Feingold’s perspective, once we leave, representatives from Iran, Syria, Jordan and Kuwait will sit crossed-legged around a table (or whatever it is they do under those long skirts) and work things out. Al-Qaida will go home (wherever that is) and lose interest in annihilating us. Ah, life in a Democrat utopia – it will be so sweet!
Feingold told Tim Russert, “Usually, when presidents are repudiated in elections, they say, ‘Well, maybe I ought to reassess.’ Instead, he did just the opposite. He did this surge, which went contrary to the will of the American people.”
That is why Feingold and his buddies are stuck in November. They simply can’t imagine that George Bush went into Iraq because he actually thought it was in the best interest of the United States and that he is staying to finish the job because it is the right thing to do – not because of some public opinion poll.
Politicians like Feingold read entirely too much into polls. When a pollster asks,
Do you want to end the war in Iraq and bring the troops home?
It’s like asking,
Do you like ice cream?
The answer is,
Who wouldn’t want the war to end and our troops out of harm’s way? Try asking the American people, “Do you want the U.S. to surrender to the terrorists in Iraq?” No matter how you slice it, that is what Feingold and his buddies are asking us to do.
To be sure, there is still much work to be done. The war is far from over, but by all honest estimates, the tide is turning. In the month of July, civilian casualties were down by a third.
Terrorist-infested areas are being cleared. The Iraqi military is becoming integrated in terms of ethnicity and religion. Iraqi leaders and businessmen are cooperating to revive local economies. Tribal sheiks are forming alliances with Iraqi and U.S. forces to help root out terrorists and their weapons’ caches, and – in the midst of all the turmoil – the Iraqi soccer team took the Asian Cup in its first-ever appearance in the finals.
Michael OÌHanlon and Kenneth Pollack – two of the Democrats’ most revered and critical experts on the region – just returned from Iraq and announced via an op-ed in the New York Times that this war is winnable! This is going to make it harder for Feingold and his colleagues to keep their heads buried in the sand, but they’ll manage.
Furthermore, Feingold and company are asking us to abandon the Iraqi people when we turn tail and run despite a warning from John Burns, the New York Times Baghdad bureau chief, that the most likely outcome of an American withdrawal any time soon would be “cataclysmic violence.” Even, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged us to use “great caution” in considering a pullout, for the sake of the Iraqi people.
These are people whom the Democrats have held up as gods! Guess they’ll have to find some other altar at which to worship.
O’Hanlon and Pollack rightly criticized Iraqi politicians of all stripes for dawdling and maneuvering for position against one another “when major steps toward reconciliation – or at least accommodation – are needed.” Also, the Iraqi Parliament had the audacity to adjourn for a month while U.S. forces are fighting and dying.
Funny, the very same criticisms could be leveled against the U.S. Congress.
As for Feingold, he’s not shocked. He’s mummified.