What’s more, John Murtha and other Democrats are proposing a “slow bleed” strategy for forcing American defeat, by seeking to impose funding restrictions on the war and making it difficult for the Administration to man the troop surge. It’s a dishonorable and sneaky way render US success in Iraq impossible while sparing the Democrats the unpopularity that would result from their pursuing the same end more transparently (by, for example, withholding funding).
Of course, no one knows if the “surge” – or America’s involvement in Iraq – will ultimately succeed. But one thing is certain: If the Democrats have their way, the mission will inevitably end in failure for the United States, and justification (as well as encouragement) for the Islamofascist terrorists’ animating belief that the United States is too weak and decadent to defeat them.
Even as it becomes ever clearer that their political interests are inescapably aligned with those of America’s enemies in Iraq and elsewhere, the Democrats are convinced that they occupy the political cat-bird seat. But whatever their own doubts about the prosecution or ultimate outcome of the war, the American people are right to be wary of a party that – for its own political benefit – must hope for and embrace an unnecessary U.S. military defeat simply to consolidate and enhance its own power.