Rich Galen

According to the analysis by reporters Karen DeYoung and Thomas E. Ricks,

"Judging by the relatively mild congressional reaction in a joint hearing of the House Foreign Affairs and Armed Services Committees, Petraeus and Crocker may well succeed this week in deflecting Democratic demands to bring the troops home sooner rather than later."

So, the real question now becomes: How will the Left respond to a Four-Star General who also happens to own a PhD from Princeton who came to Washington from Baghdad and wowed 'em?

If the George Soros/ wing of the Democratic Party has any guts at all it will DEMAND that the major candidates for President renew their pre-testimony positions that Gen. Petraeus is a liar, a betrayer, and nothing more than a shill for the White House or it will deny any aid in the general election.

In reality, has been nothing more than a series of empty threats to Democrats in the House and Senate. Notwithstanding the group's libelous ad in the New York Times (which, by the way, did not have to accept it), its long-running demands that Democrats bend to its will have been largely ignored.

In spite of their irrational blather in debates and on the stump, serious Democratic candidates - which, by definition does not include (Yikes!) Dennis Kucinich - understand that, in the end, men like Petraeus and Crocker are saving their lives and the lives of their constituents.

You know, as I do, that there are people who want to kill every American in Iraq. And if they succeed in doing that, they will come here and try to kill every American in America.

This is a real war. We will either win, or we will die.

General David Petraeus made that clear to the Members of the House and Senate.

He is truly Pia Pium - a patriot.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at