Kathryn Lopez

And the one guy with the vision is the one they dumped -- Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman -- said in response to the president's speech, "I applaud the President for rejecting the fatalism of failure and pursuing a new course to achieve success in Iraq." He continued, "Our troops have sacrificed much and now more will be asked of them to defend our nation. They fight in a just, noble and moral cause against the forces of terrorism, and their sacrifices will make America and the world more secure. I want our troops to return home as soon as possible -- after we allow, enable and support them in accomplishing their mission in Iraq in finishing this fight." And like the adult at the party he is, Lieberman said pointedly, too, "I know there are deep differences of opinion about what the President has proposed tonight. In the coming days and weeks, we should undertake respectful debate and deliberation over this new plan. But, let us also remember that excessive partisan division and rancor at home only weakens our will to prevail in this war."

Democrats who want to be president are going to have a great burden on the campaign trail - to steer their party into a direction that offers solutions in a war that is reality, not just in Iraq but Iran, Syria and wherever else the jihadist enemy is plotting against us. Complaining about George W. Bush isn't going to change that. And they can't expect to lead on the Reid/Pelosi model, insisting, as these congressional "leaders" have, that "It is time to bring the war to the close." Sadly, we can't wish away a war we didn't start. Reasonable people know that. National Democratic leaders need to get real and a clue.


Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.