Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle took a different tack -- or, rather, two different tacks. He released an upbeat written reaction, while also making the following statement: "No one can underestimate the value of the developments today," said Mr. Daschle, preparing to do exactly that. "But I would simply say ... we need more help. We need more resources, we need more personnel, we need more international involvement. This doesn't change that."
Gee. Sounds as if it's too darn bad our guys even got out of bed Tuesday morning -- a sentiment with which Sen. Richard Durbin, Illinois Democrat, would probably agree. Owning up to being at least somewhat "glad" about the week's good news, he concluded, "We can expect, unfortunately, more bad news." Which isn't exactly the same as saying, All we have to fear is fear itself.
Presidential hopeful Howard Dean reflexively denied the deaths were a victory for the administration, saying, "I think, in general, the ends do not justify the means." This probably places him somewhere near the camp of Rep. Charles Rangel, New York Democrat, who reacted to the news of the elimination of the Hussein brothers by questioning the legality of the operation.
"We have a law on the books that the United States should not be assassinating anybody," Mr. Rangel said to Fox News' Sean Hannity, adding: "I personally don't get any satisfaction that it takes 200,000 troops, 250,000 troops, to knock off two bums."
Such carping and negativism over the firefight deaths of two tyrants -- an indisputable psychological and strategic gain for our troops and long-term stability in Iraq -- are inspired by more than policy differences between Democrats and Republicans. The attitude among leading Democrats toward Uday and Qusay Hussein's deaths this week reminds me of the thesis of Ann Coulter's latest book, Treason: "Whenever the nation is under attack, from within or without, liberals side with the enemy," she writes.
At the very least, these liberals have shown that they don't always cheer when the good guys get a win.