Anti-Iraq war advocates, US Democratic Senator from New York Charles Schumer (C) US Senate Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid (L), Democrat from Nevada, and Democratic Senator from Illinois Richard Durbin (R)
Democratic bumper-sticker message of a quick end to the conflict — however much it appeals to primary voters — oversimplifies the problems likely to be inherited by the next commander in chief. -- JEFF ZELENY and MARC SANTORA
Are you ready for the truth? No I don’t think you are. After all of the lies you can’t handle the truth!
You elected Democrats on their promise that they would immediately end the war. Thanks to you Democrats are the majority in both the House of Representatives and the Congress. So did they keep their promise?
No and as a matter of fact certain Democrats are hedging their bets, what I mean by that is, there are some Democrats finally telling the truth about Iraq and U.S. troops. The truth is that they really have no intention of ending the war rapidly.
Sen. Hillary Clinton says she would leave residual forces to fight terrorism and to stabilize the Kurdish region in the north.
Sen. Barak Obama says he would leave a military presence of as-yet unspecified size in Iraq to provide security for American personnel, fight terrorism and train Iraqis.
Former Sen. John Edwards would keep troops in the region to intervene in an Iraqi genocide and be prepared for military action if violence spills into other countries.
A Change of heart for Democrats? No a change of polling, Democrats who do nothing without consulting the polling numbers see that there is a slight change in Americans opinion about the war so they are running to get out in front of the wave.
One Democrat senator said U.S. troops are routing out al-Qaida in parts of Iraq. Another insisted President Bush's plan to increase troops has caused tactical momentum.
One even went so far on Wednesday as to say the argument could be made that U.S. troops are winning.
Just what is going on?
Democrats are anticipating the report due by General Petraeus on the troop surge word is that report could be positive not negative and if that is the case Democrats see negative political ramifications. It’s all political, is all about winning elections for Democrats and if that means losing the war in Iraq so be it!
"If we don't handle a shift in the facts on the ground in Iraq well, some of that advantage will erode, the Republican position will be strengthened, and we'll have more of a jump ball, at least in the presidential election” --Daniel Gerstein, Democratic political consultant
However if by some way the troop surge works, well hey a few well placed words so that a Democrat can claim that they were for the war all along. Well at least they will be able to say they were for a winning surge and that’s just politicizing the issue like Democrats usually do.
And you thought this was about principle? Remember for a political philosophy that believes in compromising everything even principles and even beliefs, positions and platforms are in continual flux.
You know, "I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it." That’s the Democrats way both sides of the issue all the time.
One thing that Democrats and Liberals don’t want is the truth. That’s the only thing that can explain the inconsistencies in belief, positions and the political actions of the left.