Though Democrats have always maintained, counter-logically, that they supported the troops even while they were busy Sheehanizing the war, they couldn't help but reveal their true colors on many occasions, such as when Sen. Kerry accused our soldiers of terrorizing Iraqi civilians or when Sen. Durbin likened the Gitmo prison to the Soviet, Nazi and Cambodian death camps. Nor must we forget that Durbin did not actually apologize for his outrage, saying only that he was sorry that people misunderstood him. But they didn't.
Despite these precedent-breaking acts of disloyalty, the Democrats weren't finished outdoing themselves. Nancy Pelosi proved that when she went to Syria over the president's strenuous objections, to engage in diplomacy with Syrian tyrant Bashar Assad on behalf of the United States (at least as she wished it to be), though she was utterly without legal or moral authority to do so. Surely, we thought, the very leader of the entire House of Representatives wouldn't go that far and contradict and undermine, so overtly, the official foreign policy of the United States. We were wrong.
Just when we thought they couldn't stoop lower, we witnessed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's latest disgrace, telling the world, including our troops, that we have lost the war in Iraq. While Reid and his spinning staff and colleagues tried to backpedal, there is no mistaking his words. There is even less excusing them.
It's time for Harry Reid to explain how he can justify funding the war for another month, much less another year, when he believes there is no chance of securing the goal for which our troops are fighting and dying. At least President Bush isn't asking soldiers, in the words of that great patriot John Kerry, to die for a mistake, for President Bush believes they are fighting for a noble and essential cause. So what is the Democrats' excuse?
It's hard to tell anymore whether the Democrats' deplorable actions are motivated more by their psychological predisposition against recognizing evil in the world (except among American political conservatives), or their raw quest for power. But perhaps Sen. Reid's recent statement to reporters sheds some light on the question.
"We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war," said Reid. "Sen. Schumer has shown me numbers that are compelling and astounding."