Feb 26 2007
The Democrats caved today on their insane plans to run from Iraq, probably due to the fact the country was turning against them (polls here and here) and probably in no small part to the warning shot Joe Lieberman sent across their creaky bow today. Needless to say, it is the Democrats who are now in full retreat.
Democrats grasp for Iraq strategy amid US public disillusionment
Democratic leaders backed away from aggressive plans to limit President George W. Bush’s war authority, the latest sign of divisions within their ranks over how to proceed.
Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday he wanted to delay votes on a measure that would repeal the 2002 war authorization and narrow the mission in Iraq.
Senior Democrats who drafted the proposal, including Sen. Joseph Biden and Sen. Carl Levin , had sought swift action on it as early as this week, when the U.S. Senate takes up a measure to enact the recommendations of the bipartisan Sept. 11 commission.
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, said she does not support tying war funding to strict training and readiness targets for U.S. troops.
The comments distanced her from Democratic Rep. John Murtha who has said he wants to use the U.s. Congress’ spending power to force a change in policy in Iraq, by setting strict conditions on war funding.
Well, that surely will teach the anti-war left how little clout they have with the national parties. Just as little as they have with the American people. And with endless stories coming out of Iraq regarding capturing al Qaeda, insurgents and Iranian weapons it is clear the surge – which has only barely just begun – is proving it has potential, if nothing else. It is a bit surprising Pelosi left Mad Murtha hanging out to dry like that, so it must be bad in the polls. Is America tired of the surrender party? Yep, to the point we expect them to pull a Vilsack and quit all together. And it could not come too soon. I think IHT said it best:
The developments on both sides of the Capitol reflected a new level of disarray in Democratic ranks on Iraq. Swept into power by voters clamoring for an end to the war, Democrats have seen their efforts falter under a reality more complicated than they found on the campaign trail.
Yeah, leading and actually doing something is a lot harder than being whiney little back benchers. The Dems hit reality did they? Seems it flumoxed them from the start. At least we know their reputation for poor national security judgement is a well earned one.