Curt over at Flopping Aces has an interesting post up on Iraq and Middle Earth.
Saying the “idea that we’re going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong,” Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean predicted that the Democratic Party will come together on a proposal to withdraw National Guard and Reserve troops immediately, and all US forces within two years.
No, we cannot win, but we will meet them in battle nevertheless. Theoden.
I do agree with Curt that the fight itself means something, but I also wonder if Howard Dean and the rest of the Democratic Party are under the impression that one election giving them a slim majority is the same thing as a coup? It seems they believe they can suddenly circumvent the Constitution, after years of claiming Bush has done just that, and take over the military from the headquarters of the DNC.
I don't think so. I have seen support for the surge at something between 26% and 37%, but this is not something we do by referendum. It is the President's call and like it or not he has the Constitutional right to do that. Unless there is something in fine print I don't know about that says different.
But the truth is people are tired of Iraq all the time. They are tired of raving loons burning flags, pictures of carnage and burning buildings and the daily drip drip drip of casualty. They may be low, but they are constant. Rather like a nagging pain than a sharp one..but a pain nonetheless.
Are the Democrats as well as some Republicans ready to wave that white flag? They seem to think this is a good time to make their move. Yes, it would be disastrous if America ran away. Yes, it could lead to genocide. Yes, it could make our word a joke. Yes, it would be disastrous for the morale of our military. But hell's bells the American people are tired of this crap and we got an election to win. The sluts.
Think how different the world would be if Truman had pressed on despite the public opinion polls and taken out North Korea. Maybe we would not have troops on the DMZ a half century later. Think of how different the world would be if Jimmy Carter had gone after the mullahs and made them pay for taking that embassy. Think how different the world might be if Ronald Reagan had responded with something other than a shrug and a what can you do to the slaughter of our Marines in Lebanon over 20 years ago. Think how different, how very different, things might be if we had pushed onto Baghdad in the Gulf War. And let us imagine how different the world might be if Clinton had said to hell with the polls and the Europeans I am going to get Bin Laden.
I take care of sick people and time and again I have seen people refuse to take care of little problems. Refuse to take their medications or the treatment they need..in the hopes that some miracle will interevene and this bad thing will go away.
It rarely does. If Dean and his ilk have their way, this problem will not go away. Like it or not, these people want to kill us.
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