Emmett Tyrrell

One of the main figures in screwing up Vietnam, was Senator Edward Kennedy, and he was at it again in Iraq. That was apparent in January of 2007 when he made a preemptive strike against President George W. Bush's "surge," by introducing legislation to require congressional approval before more troops could be introduced. A lonely President Bush went ahead with his surge, which Senator Kennedy, then a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, called "an immense new mistake." Of course, under General David Petraeus, the surge was a success, and this war, unlike Vietnam, ended in success.

Still other Democrats tried their best to screw it up. There was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in April 2007, famously pronouncing the war "lost" and the Hon. David Obey calling for a political and diplomatic compromise. Then as the surge was working and bringing peace to the country, Squeaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in February 2008 told Wolf Blitzer on CNN, "There haven't been gains, Wolf...This is a failure. This is a failure." Finally, some Democrats could see that the Bush policy was working in Iraq. Candidate Barack Obama thought he would play it safe on July 13, 2008, when he quietly expunged his website of "The surge is not working," and replaced it with a notice of the "improved security situation" of the country, but still no salute for President Bush or Vice President Dick Cheney, or General Petraeus. Well, I salute them and our magnificent military that can sing out "mission accomplished."


Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
 
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