For an additional taste of the way things are going to be, Air Force One was still heading west when the Senate Armed Services Committee summoned Gen. John Abizaid, the senior U.S. officer fighting the global war on terror, to appear before them to discuss the next steps in Iraq. Though the general argued against setting timelines for withdrawing U.S. forces and stated, "the prudent course ahead is to keep the troop levels about where they are," it didn't matter to incoming committee chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.). He's already decided that we must "begin a phased redeployment of our forces within four to six months."
And, in case anyone has forgotten how the legislative branch can make just a withdrawal happen, Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) reminded his colleagues -- as the president was headed to Vietnam -- how a hostile, liberal-led, anti-military, blame-America-first Congress ensured defeat in Vietnam: "There's one solution here," Kucinich explained, "and it's not to engage in a debate with the president ... but it's for Congress to assume the full power that it has under the Constitution to cut off funds."
Finally, to remove any doubt as to where she really stands on cooperating with Bush on Iraq, Pelosi threw her weight behind the most outspoken critic of the war in the Democrat caucus, Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) in his bid for majority leader. Notably, Murtha commented this week that a proposal made by his colleagues was "total crap." He was -- for once -- not referring to American troops in Iraq, but to suggested ethics reforms.
The brief post-election hiatus from liberal viscera is now over. The left is -- as it was before Nov. 7 -- still fervently committed to undoing the Bush presidency -- whatever the cost. A few nameplates have been replaced on doors in the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill, but things are pretty much unchanged.
While they savor their triumph, the Democrats would be wise to consider some other things that their new management will not change:
-- Our porous borders are still a major vulnerability and the American people know it.
-- Kim Jung Il in Pyongyang, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran, Hugo Chavez in Caracas and now, Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua are still evil despots and will do us great harm if given the chance.
-- The jihad being waged against us continues and American citizens are still the No. 1 target for Islamic radicals.
If those in thrall over their newfound power in Washington really want to change things, they should start their term of office by reading the Medal of Honor citation for Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham. He was killed on April 14, 2004, shielding his men from an enemy grenade with his own body. Heroes like Dunham are people who put themselves at risk to the benefit of others. Our armed forces are full of heroes. And as long as our "leaders" in Washington let them do their jobs, that's not going to change.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.
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