Nancy Morgan, relative of a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan, spoke for many when she wrote an open rejoinder to Woolsey: "Spitting on the graves of those who have died in their nation's service is just one of the rights secured to Ms. Woolsey by the blood and sweat of others," Morgan noted. "A free press is another right. This would be the same press that has maintained a deafening silence about this war ever since it became Obama's war -- the same press that reports Ms. Woolsey's inane pronouncements without offering vital context."
"Though Ms. Woolsey makes ten times the money my nephew does, he is the one who does the heavy lifting. He is the one on the front line, braving Taliban bullets and following orders. Ms. Woolsey, on the other hand, spends her time, along with fellow Democrats, improvising insane rules of engagement which make my nephew's job much more dangerous. She is also busy ensuring that terrorists are given the same rights as the Americans they are so intent on killing."
The Code Pink/Move On Democrats' strategy of smearing Gen. Petraeus ("General Betray-US") backfired miserably in 2007 -- so much so that surge opponent Barack Obama rode to electoral victory after flip-flopping on the issue on the campaign trail, picked a Democratic vice presidential running mate who claimed credit for the surge after proclaiming its failure, and then finally adopted the very winning surge tactics he once attacked as fatally doomed.
So: Whose frenzied, media-pandering strategy looks more like Charlie Sheen's?
Not long after the 2004 elections, Move On co-founder Eli Pariser famously said of Democrats, "Now it's our party. We bought it, we own it, and we're going to take it back." The failure of "mainstream" Democrats to rebuke troop morale-undermining Woolsey shows that the left never gave up its ownership in the first place. Party on.