You see, when it comes to the War on Terror, Democrats want to have it both ways. They want to appear supportive of our troops and the cause, but they insist on criticizing and undermining President Bush every step of the way.
Early on, Democrats had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the table before they would reluctantly sign on to a resolution authorizing military action against Iraq. Being astute observers of the public mood, they climbed on board when they understood that the political winds were blowing strongly in favor of preemptive action against Saddam.
Before the invasion, they tried desperately to backpedal and make excuses, from charges of "unilateralism" to "imminent quagmire," obviously fearing that Bush's popularity as a wartime president would be nearly impossible to shake.
In the first phase of the war, they continued to whine, from repeated concerns about quagmires again to broken supply lines due to a precipitous ground war. Upon our decisive victory they began efforts to discredit it, from saying the Iraqis weren't welcoming us to complaining about stolen museum property.
During our laborious and thankless task of helping the Iraqi people to establish self-rule amidst terrorist-spawned resistance, they have chosen to focus their energies on criticizing the president for his alleged lack of a plan, instead of offering constructive assistance.
Over and over, they have given a little, then taken it back. Instead of "leaving politics at the water's edge," they have made partisanship their highest priority at the expense of the national interest.
Democrats would love nothing more than to intimidate Republicans from discussing their intrinsic weakness on national defense issues. In a time when our national security is under direct assault they can't afford to bear the dovish image they usually wear so proudly.
Nothing is more legitimate than for Republicans to highlight their opponents' dangerous policies in the war on terror. Instead of withdrawing the ads, Republicans should produce dozens more and saturate the airwaves.