At least this week, Senator Hillary Clinton seems to be the only Democrat that has a spine and realizes the long term consequences of the Democrats’ cut-and-run strategy.
…another top Senate Democrat, Hillary Clinton, insisted that it would not be a “smart strategy” to create a timeline to leave Iraq.
Clinton on Tuesday made a plea for party unity, urging Democrats to coalesce around their opposition to the Bush administration, rather than being fractured over Iraq and other internal party disagreements.
She, of course, was booed at that gathering of “progressive Democrats.” The Democrats that are cheered now by their wacko base are those that think the War On Terror should be fought through the expected policy of American Retreat: Vietnam 1975, Iran 1979, Lebanon 1981, Somalia 1993. It is kind of scary to think that Hillary is the only sensible sounding Democrat on Iraq and the larger War on Terror. Senator Kerry still believes that the WOT is a “police action” after all.
Perhaps the Democrats vying to win over America to their brand of cowardice should read Michael Barone’s spot-on column from earlier this week. (Democrats Are Winning… Except At The Polls)
It comes down to this: A substantial part of the Democratic Party, some of its politicians and many of its loudest supporters do not want America to succeed in Iraq. So vitriolic and all-consuming is their hatred for George W. Bush that they skip right over the worthy goals we have been, with some considerable success, seeking there — a democratic government, with guaranteed liberties for all, a vibrant free economy, respect for women — and call this a war for oil, or for Halliburton.
Successes are discounted, setbacks are trumpeted, the level of American casualties is treated as if it were comparable to those in Vietnam or World War II. Allegations of American misdeeds are repeated over and over; the work of reconstruction and aid of American military personnel and civilians is ignored.
In all this they have been aided and abetted by large elements of the press. The struggle in Iraq has been portrayed as a story of endless and increasing violence. Stories of success and heroism tend to go unreported. Reporters in Iraq deserve respect for their courage — this has been an unusually deadly war for journalists, largely because they have been targeted by the terrorists. But unfortunately they and the Bush administration have not done a good job of letting us know that last pertinent fact.
We are in an asymmetrical struggle with vicious enemies who slaughter civilians and bystanders and journalists without any regard for the laws of war. But too often we and our enemies are portrayed as moral equivalents. One or two instances of American misconduct are found equal in the balance to a consistent and premeditated campaign of barbarism.
All of this does not go unnoticed by America’s voters.
American do not like to lose. And they especially do not like their own elected officials portraying this country as a loser nation and on the wrong side of history. Jimmy Carter learned that lesson well in 1980. September 10th Democrats will continue to learn that lesson at the ballot box in the War on Terror Era. I think Hillary may be the only Democrat too smart for that fate.