My immediate reaction, and I would hope that of most Americans, was, "Our brave soldiers are facing daunting challenges in Iraq from a ruthless enemy and are doing everything they can to overcome them. But above all, they're dedicated to the cause of Iraqi autonomy and freedom and American security."
That was not everyone's reaction. Fox's cameras next turned to Senate Democrats Barbara Boxer and Chris Dodd, who had just emerged from a meeting with the U.S. ambassador to Iraq and were champing at the bit to slam the administration for its "lack of strategy" on Iraq.
Dodd said, "A lot more needs to be done to get this right or you're going to continue to see an erosion of support here at home and abroad for these policies which have no end in sight."
Boxer said, "There's a growing frustration, I think, on both sides of the aisle at how slowly the training of the Iraqi troops and police force is going.
Bret Baier went on to report that our senior commanders say Iraqi forces now number more than 200,000 with a goal of 325,000. Gen. Lovelace explained that though most Iraqi units still need U.S. support, "the little reported fact is that Iraqi troops are controlling more and more battle space." He pointed out, for instance, that U.S. troops have moved out of a large part of Baghdad as Iraqi forces are controlling security there.
According to Lovelace, the transition may not be occurring as fast as the American people want, but he sees considerable "progress." You can be sure that the "glass is 90 percent empty" Democrat leaders are among those who see little progress.
But Senate Democrats really outdid themselves this week in creating a false crisis to invoke an esoteric Senate rule to call a closed meeting to demand resumption of a redundant investigation that was already in the process of being wrapped up. To call it a political stunt is euphemism on stilts.
The profound irony of all this is that as long as Democrats continue in this mode -- and they seem to have abandoned all others -- they radically decrease their chances of returning to the position of national power they crave.