It's not even been two weeks since Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi was whacked by a 500-pound bomb, and already the Democrats are back to their familiar strategy. At the time when there is good evidence that the Iraqi insurgency is on the run, the Democrats' strategy is simple: it's time to cut and run. Bring the troops home. The war is a failure, they say.
Well, that didn't take long, did it?
Speaking on CNN yesterday, California Senator Dianne Feinstein had the following rosy prediction: "Three years and three months into the war, with all of the losses, the insurgency, the burgeoning civil war that's taking place -- what was it, seven bombings in Baghdad yesterday? An open-ended time commitment is no longer sustainable." I'm sure the troops are humbled by her overwhelming show of support.
This is the same message we've been getting from the left for 3 years, only now they're more desperate. With the death of Al Zarqawi many Democrats started to panic. Could things be turning Bush's way? Could the new Iraqi government actually become a stabilizing force in Middle Eastern politics? This simply cannot be allowed to happen! Bush must fail! So ... back to the old game plan. Stir up the debate on withdrawal. Divert minds from the successes and concentrate on bringing the troops home. Failure in Iraq is not too great a price to pay for a Democrat victory in November. Think about it .... without being able to run against the war in Iraq, they don't have much.
Yes .. in case you're wondering ... I absolutely do believe that Democrats would eagerly trade a failure of U.S. policy in Iraq for an election victory in November; such is their hatred of George Bush and their continuing resentment over the voter revolution of 1994.
Any timetable...any announcement of a date by which we are going to leave...would do nothing more than empower the terrorists who would lie in wait until we left, then take over. The war in Iraq has gotten it's second wind...and things are starting to go our way. Just as the insurgents in Baghdad want us to fail there, the Democrats in Washington (except Joe Lieberman) are rooting for the failure of the entire mission.
And with the mainstream media in their back pocket, they hope to make that a reality.