You might recall in the aftermath of 9/11, as we drove the Taliban from Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq, serious observers of world events such as the British historian Niall Ferguson questioned American resolve. Ferguson seemed to believe that in light of this new threat of international terror originating from the Middle East's rogue states, the United States would demonstrate the resolve to overcome this new threat to the democracies.
Well, Professor Ferguson, you underestimated the partisan nature of contemporary American politics. So eager for high office are the Democrats that they would endanger our war effort to gain political advantage. They voted for war in 2002. They sneered at the handful of anti-war activists led by the likes of Professor Noam Chomsky who opposed it. Then they suffered the disturbing sense that their support of wartime president George W. Bush marginalized them and helped him in his 2004 reelection bid. All of a sudden, they fabricated a complaint, to wit, "Bush lied to us about WMDs."
That bogus complaint now justifies them in harassing his execution of the war. Note that the Democrats are not actually calling for retreat. They might eventually, but for now all they want to do is take on Constitutional powers that no other Congress has ever taken on: the power to manage a war. It is disgraceful and it is very stupid. It assumes that the American people will not hold them accountable when bad consequences follow upon their bad behavior.
President George W. Bush is in a difficult situation in Iraq. Yet from the looks of it he will be saved, if not by Petraeus then by the Democrats' shameful political tactics in time of war.
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