Hysteria has seized them. Not long ago most of them were prepared to give Gen. David Petraeus' new strategy a chance. After all, the Senate returned him to Iraq by an 81 to 0 vote. Now, the Democrats want the general to begin a retreat even before tendering his agreed-upon September report -- a death wish, I say.The evidence is that the American people are watching this Congress and what they see they do not like. According to a recent Zogby poll, this Democrat-controlled Congress is now more unpopular than President George W. Bush, who, incidentally, will not be seeking re-election. Maybe many of these Democratic solons plan to retire, too.
According to the Zogby poll, 83 percent of the American people say the Democratic Congress is doing only a fair to poor job. Just 66 percent hold such a sour view of the president. In fact, this Democrat-controlled Congress is even more unpopular than the Republican-controlled Congress that it replaced. On its deathbed, the Republican-controlled Congress had but a 23 percent approval rating. Today's Democrats have a 14 percent approval rating. I say death wish!
What makes this all the more bizarre is that Petraeus' new strategy seems to be working. Anbar province was until recently a lost cause. Al-Qaida was having its way with the place. But its way was repellently brutal to local Iraqis, who increasingly saw al-Qaida as even more alien than the troops of the Coalition. About a year ago, local leaders in Anbar began siding with us, and now their fighters are working with our soldiers and the Iraqi army has sent al-Qaida packing. Ramadi, once an al-Qaida model for Sharia, is one of the safest cities in Iraq.
Part of the explanation is the savage brand of Sharia imposed by al-Qaida in Ramadi. It has also been imposed by al-Qaida in Diyala province. There, grisly torture chambers were discovered after our military liberated the province's major city, Baqubah. Local residents directed the Americans to a building where they found the instruments of torture. Nearby, corpses, many headless, were buried.