"An escalation, whether it is called a surge or any other name, is still an escalation, and I believe it would be an immense new mistake." -- Ted Kennedy
"We owe our troops a strategy that is worthy of their sacrifice, and it's clear that the current strategy – the President's escalation – has failed to achieve its goal of bringing about a resolution of the fundamental conflict between Sunni and Shia." -- John Kerry
"...I'm absolutely convinced right now the surge isn't working and I'm convinced that if they don't pay attention to what I'm saying and a lot of other members of Congress are saying they're going to have a disaster on their hands..." -- John Murtha
"I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse. I think (the surge) takes pressure off the Iraqis to arrive at the sort of political accommodation that every observer believes is the ultimate solution to the problems we face there. So I am going to actively oppose the president's proposal." -- Barack Obama
"The gains have not produced the desired effect, which is the reconciliation of Iraq. (This surge) is a failure. This is a failure." -- Nancy Pelosi
"I believe ... that this war is lost, and this surge is not accomplishing anything, as is shown by the extreme violence in Iraq this week." -- Harry Reid< /blockquote> In November, when voters are trying to decide whom to trust to handle the war in Iraq, they should consider whom they want in charge: John McCain, a man who has strongly supported the troops and surge or the same group of liberal Democrats who were boosting the morale of our enemies by incorrectly claiming that the surge couldn't work. Will we honor the sacrifices of our troops by carrying on to victory or will we allow the Democrats who have previously shown such poor judgment to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq in order to please their anti-war base? Only time will tell, but future generations of Americans will damn us for our shortsightedness if we allow the politicians to fritter away the coming triumph in Iraq that has been paid for with so much of the blood, sweat, and tears of our soldiers.