If congressional Democrats seem a little hysterical these days, it just might be due to news that the surge counteroffensive in Iraq is yielding some progress.
Rush Limbaugh and other conservative pundits have made the observation in recent years that for Democrats to win, America must lose. Their point is that with a Republican in the White House, good news on the economy, the war, and just about any other major issue, is good for Republicans and bad for Democrats.
We saw it with the economy. I remember Nancy Pelosi screeching in reaction to record economic growth at the end of 2003 asking, “Where are the jobs, Mr. President?” Unfortunately for her, and the opponents of the President, what followed her complaint about a lack of job growth was 46 straight months of job gains with over 8.2 million new jobs created since August 2003. Good news for America was bad news for Democrats.
Their tactic for dealing with good economic news, being that anytime there was progress on one front Democrats, and often the media, shifted their attention to an area where there was not so much good news to report, has been repeated in Iraq and the war on terror.
For many months we heard that the war in Iraq was a huge failure with the evidence cited including that parts of the country were being taken over by terrorists, that there was increasing violence between different factions within the country, that the Iraqi police and military were not stepping up and were not being trained quickly enough, and that there was lessening support across the country for the mission of coalition and Iraqi forces.
Now that it appears progress is being made on many of those fronts, with much of the credit going to efforts of the surge counteroffensive, the focus is being shifted to the national political arena in Iraq, which has not experienced the same progress that is being seen on the local level. There is little praise to be heard from most Democrats for the progress that has been made – only talk about the areas in which the same progress is not being realized.