Democrats formed a circular firing squad this week as they presented unpopular Amendments to the Republican's "Win the War" Resolution; i.e., "cut & run" (Kerry/Feingold) and "cut and jog" (a phased withdrawal-(Levin/Clinton)." Both failed, Rs passed 60-39 in the Senate and 256-153 in the House, giving twin victories to Republicans in both Houses of Congress and casting Democrats in the unflattering light of being divided & clueless when it comes to the Military, Defense, National Security and War. President Bush's policies received resounding support from his Party. United atlast.
After the successful bombing & killing of Zarqawi, combined with the selection of the last two remaining cabinet members by the Iraqi Government, the timing of Democratic cries to abandon the mission before achieving victory is unfortunate for the Democratic Party's fleeting hope of presenting themselves as convincing, competent alternatives to their respective local Republican opponents and to national constituencies as well. Democrats will be wearing that vote to run from Iraq like millestones around their necks..votes to "cut & run" will be flaunted with relish by campaigning Republicans in 2006.
The Republicans did a clever thing bringing this resolution up for votes and debate at this time. For months they've been running scared from the war and our embattled President...enter an UNindicted Rove. He read the tea leaves and instructed the Party and scaredy-cat incumbents to stay on THIS message...WE ARE making progess in Iraq; it IS the hot front in the War on Terror. Although Democratic debate is stuck in reverse; i.e., Bush Lied, No WMDs, an illegal war..and so on..it's not helpful to rehash over and over again WHY we went to war..that's history. It's time to MAKE HISTORY (the earth shook)..We are there now and we must fight till we win. The repercussions of early withdrawal would be catastrophic to the future of the Iraqi people, the stability of the region and, ultimately, to the security of Americans at home...and the voters know it.
Polls may say the War is wrong and was a mistake. But politicians, whose careers live and die not by polls but by actual votes are clearly being guided by a different understanding of what the people who vote truly believe. The little guy believes in the superiority of our Armed Forces, that America is a force for good in the World, that unilateralism is NOT a dirty word but often a necessity when wordy diplomats stall and talk endlessly but do nothing...Simply, Americans Want to Win. Republicans believe the ONLY OPTION is Victory. There is no better fit with the mood of the nation..Win or Lose? Your choice.