Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Progress in Iraq, Bad for Democrats?

This weekend there was seemingly a paradigm shift in a small part of the Democrat Party. It started with the discussion on the Chris Matthew's show suggesting that maybe we shouldn't leave Iraq.
Matthews: Mike Duffy, you wrote a big piece for Time magazine last week highlighting three dangers Bush is pushing about if we withdraw: sectarian violence; safe haven for al Qaeda, and; a proxy war in Iraq fueled by its neighbors.
Duffy responded: The Administration estimates that we have a thousand Iraqis dying a month at the current rate. That could explode, maybe ten times as many, if the U.S. leaves.

So, we shouldn't leave because of the expected mass execution of Iraqis. However, Barack Obama said
Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday the United States cannot use its military to solve humanitarian problems and that preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn't a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces there.

I guess the panel didn't agree with Obama. I was a bit shocked when I read what Obama said. I had wondered in the Democrat Party was really so heartless that it would actually withdrawal the troops in light of the humanitarian disaster that would follow.
The other event was the op-ed in the New York Times which said that we might just win the war in Iraq. The authors say that the surge was starting to work.
Today, morale is high. The soldiers and marines told us they feel that they now have a superb commander in Gen. David Petraeus; they are confident in his strategy, they see real results, and they feel now they have the numbers needed to make a real difference.

This is old news. It has been reported but not in the MSM. So, the good news in Iraq is bad news for the Democrats. They've already declared that we've lost the war and that the surge was a failure. Harry Reid had said that he was going to keep bringing up the resolution to get the troops out of Iraq. It's going to be really difficult to keep doing that when the MSM is now reporting that the surge is working. While the news of positive progress in Iraq is going to be problematic for the Democrat Leadership, the more moderate Democrats may be releasing a sigh of relief. They see the disaster in Iraq that would occur if they are force to fall in behind the Democrat Leadership. This gives them cover for voting against any further resolutions for a troop retreat.

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