August 6, 2007
Don’t Hide Desire for Defeat in Iraq
The left is in trouble, precisely because it thinks it is invincible.
Democrats are starting to do what they always do when they win one of
their rare electoral victories. They are beginning the process of
blowing it by overconfidently assuming the country actually agrees with
With President Bush’s approval ratings mired in the muck, and headlines
every day about a scared Republican jumping ship (even if it’s really
just recycled headlines about the same three or four people), the left
is feeling its oats, and you can see it.
The latest example is the pronouncement of Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC)
that a positive report out of Iraq in September, which they now fear
will be forthcoming from U.S. commander Gen. David Petraeus, “would be a
real big problem for us.”
That’s right, progress in Iraq would be good for Iraq, good for U.S.
troops, good for U.S. national security, good for the long-term
prospects of the Middle East — but a real problem for Democrats. And
they have no qualms about saying so.
He’s right. It would be a big problem for them. The Democrats have built
much of their present ascendancy on their successful effort to convince
the American people that the war in Iraq is a lost cause. Granted, the
spend-happy Republicans who controlled Congress in recent years made the
job a lot easier for them, as the Republicans could point to very few
achievements that argued for letting them stay in control.
But the notion that we are losing in Iraq is the central component of
present left-wing political strategy. The strategy is a huge gamble.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared in April that the war was
already lost. Democrats have been screaming for U.S. troops to be
withdrawn throughout the early stages of the presidential campaign.
Victory is not a thought on any of their minds. The whole idea of
victory is ridiculed.
oh. Trouble. Reports are coming in that the surge is working, and that
U.S. and Iraqi forces are making progress in Iraq. Even two top scholars
at the liberal Brookings Institution recently returned from Iraq and
wrote an op-ed for the surely disappointed New York Times titled
“A War We Just Might Win.”
Good God. What happened? Everything had been going so well. How did the
Democrats find themselves facing this potential quagmire?
Because they forgot who they are, and what they have to do to win.
Democrats only win elections when they pretend to be moderates (see
Clinton, Bill) and when they put the kibosh on all the anti-American
talk that is so common on left-wing message boards and blogs. Even if
you are rooting for America’s defeat in a war, you don’t say so. That
reminds Americans of why they rarely elect you.
There is a reason only one Democratic presidential candidate has won 50
percent or more of the popular vote in the last 10 presidential
elections – and just barely, the post-Watergate Carter’s 50.1 percent in
There is a reason Democrats who gain power never hold it for long.
Remember the conservative nightmare of 1993 when the Dems suddenly
controlled the presidency and both houses of Congress? It lasted two
Once they pretend their way into office, Democrats invariably delude
themselves into believing the country actually thinks like them. Clinton
ran as a moderate, took office and tried to impose socialized medicine
on the country. It cost him his majority in Congress. Democrats won in
2006 by criticizing the management of the war, and became apoplectic if
anyone suggested they wanted to “cut and run.”
Now they’re falling all over themselves to hoist the white flag, and
their cover is the poll numbers showing Americans believe them when they
say the war is already lost.
what happens if we start winning? What happens if the surge works, and
Petraeus makes a convincing case in September that it is working? What
happens if we start gaining control of more territories, casualties
continue to decline and political progress moves forward in Iraq?
What if Americans sense the momentum and start getting behind the effort
emotionally? What if Bush’s vision of a secure, democratic Iraq happens
after all? What if the mission is accomplished, after Democrats used all
their political capital mocking the very idea?
They’ve become overconfident again. They’ve gone so far out on the limb
of defeatism that all they can do is pray for a much-predicted defeat to
come to pass. If it doesn’t, they’re screwed, because they’ll never make
it back from the edge of that weakening limb.
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