If you thought Bill Clinton’s recent convoluted claim that he was against the war in Iraq from the beginning was hard to swallow, just imagine some of the verbal gymnastics we are likely to witness over the next year if progress continues in Iraq.
The Democrats running for President are now trying to appeal to their anti-war left base primary voters, and most congressional Democrats are still using the same old “Iraq is a hopeless failure” lines, but if the mission in Iraq is seen as anything close to a success next year the time between the primary and the general election will be spent by many Democrat candidates trying to find a way to get on the right side of the issue. Other Democrats will continue to do as some now are doing – denying the progress that has been made in the region and calling what is happening there anything but success.
Already many on the liberal blogs have begun to explain why the reduction in violence in Iraq is not good news and how any purported successes there are only an illusion. Here are just a couple of the justifications being given for sticking to the “Iraq is an irredeemable failure” storyline.
1. Things have not really improved in Iraq – the administration is lying. It is a given for many on the left that those in the military are lying anytime they issue a statement. It is also not so much of a stretch for those on the left to believe independent embedded reporters like Michael Yon and Bill Roggio and others are lying. After all, they are all (presumably) on the right and many of them are former members of the military, right? So when Michael Totten recently reported of Fallujah that, “The Marines may not have yet won the war in this city, but it sure is starting to look like it. The insurgency in Fallujah is over” he was not believed by many of those determined to deny progress in Iraq. The quotes he reported from those on the ground and the incredible pictures he posted from the region could never be enough to convince those determined not to be convinced.