One 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.
These are not Bush-backingdie-hards, but Democratic Sens. , Bob Casey and . Even , chairman of the Senate Armed Services committee, said progress was being made by soldiers.
The suggestions by them and other Democrats in recent days that at least a portion of Bush’s strategy in Iraq is working is somewhat surprising, considering the bitter exchanges on Capitol Hill between the Democratic majority and Republicans and Bush. Democrats have long said Bush’s policies have been nothing more than a complete failure.
Those of us who don’t rely on the New York Times and CNN for our news have known for months that the surge was having a real positive impact on stability and safety in Iraq. We read bloggers and news sources who are actually there and don’t make up stories about their experiences. Better yet, maybe Durbin, Casey, Levin and Reed should have just talked with their colleague, Senator Joe Lieberman who knew the surge was working MONTHS ago.
In a conference call with reporters, Casey said one could make a good argument that U.S. troops have won the war, then accused Iraqi politicians and the Bush administration of not matching the intensity of the troops.
“The troops have met every assignment, they’ve beaten the odds time and again, they’ve done everything we’ve asked them to,” Casey said.
Democratic had a different take. After visiting Iraq last month and visiting with Petraeus, McNerney said signs of progress led him to decide he’ll be a little more flexible about when troops should be brought home.
“I’m more willing to work with finding a way forward to accommodate what the generals are saying,” McNerney said.
First of all, the surge IS Bush’s new policy. Why can’t Democrats just be happy that we have turned a corner in Iraq because of the President’s orders?
Second, no one is happy about the lack of Iraqi Central Government progress… but there is local government progress, the security and stability have to come first before there even can be national unity, and our own Congress is out on vacation for the month of August. To ignore those truths is to ignore reality.
And finally, it certainly looksÂlike Empress Pelosi and Goofy Reid have lost a number of their”cut and run” votes…. and likely many more after General Petraeus’ reports in September.
I’m sure the Democrats will embrace the surge now and claim it was their idea….. but Americans know the truth.