Jun 20 2006

Democrats Go For ‘Bigger Mistake’ In Iraq

Published by at 8:50 am under All General Discussions,Iraq

Jack Kelley has a way of culling out the essence of a situation and exposing it as the pivot point to the debate.  In the case of the Democrats’ plans to Lose In Iraq (which was conveniently left off their proposed plans for the 2006 elections) we see how the left can excel over the right and race to the bigger blunder.  From Jack Kelley:

Calls for withdrawal have taken on urgency since the U.S. Air Force interrupted a meeting being held by Abu Musab al Zarqawi in a safe house near Baquba June 7. We can still lose if we withdraw quickly, Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA) in effect said on the weekend talk shows.

Most Americans do not share this perverse passion. A majority thinks it was a mistake to go to war in Iraq, opinion polls indicate. But a majority thinks it would be a bigger mistake to leave precipitously.

How very true.  While most people may have lost hope for Iraq, they have not lost their reason.  And while most people feel it was a price too high to pay in Iraq, they know there is a higher price to pay on top of this if we fail, especially if we fail due to our own actions.  So here we have the left doing the unthinkable a few short years ago.  They are taking a bad situation and openly claiming they alone can make it worse.  And Americans are noticing.

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7 Responses to “Democrats Go For ‘Bigger Mistake’ In Iraq”

  1. carol johnson says:

    I just heard one of the Fox News people ask Ken Salazar (D Colorado) …”If things should go terribly wrong after we deploy to wherever you want us to deploy, would you send troops back in to stabilize the situation?” First of all, the question seemed to catch Salazar completely off guard. The silence at first was telling to say the least. Then he just went on to put the whole thing on the Iraqi’s who must now come through and dismisses our comittments to them and to the sacrifices we have suffered there already. These people want to be able to dictate foreign policy but they sure as hell don’t want the responsibilty of what happens after they retreat.

    Redeploy my b*tt! These people have every intention of abandoning Iraq as soon as they can yank our troops out of there. I mean, do they really think that the UN will suddenly want to help?


  2. Terrye says:


    I wonder if they really think at all. Or if they just react.

    I think people are just tired of the fight, both here and in Iraq and while many might say it is a mistake now…they could feel differently down the road if we are successful. People said the same thing about Korea, but if you ask people today if it was a mistake to save South Korea and stop North Korea I don’t think they would say it was. Not now.

  3. MerlinOS2 says:

    Seems the short attention span people want a totally bloodless war fought in less than one tv season so they can grasp all the pieces.

    Well they better take their meds and settle back, this is gonna go a bit longer than that.

  4. wiley says:

    I think AJ’s right that the people see thru the Dem’s defeatism, but the biased anti-Bush MSM sure make it difficult. Although the Iraq War is a long, hard slog, we are winning and I think under Bush’s leadership we will perservere and a stable Iraq will emerge. But the constant drumbeat of negative news — even big & key victories are turned upside down, quickly passed over as not really important after all — is wearing on the public. The MSM is so eager to sensationalize bad, anti-Amercian news — even made up or with uncertain facts — that it’s truly sickening.

    If we were to do as the Dems want and pull out of Iraq now, and revert back to the Clinton appeasement years, then it would mean the beginning of the demise of our once great country as the lone superpower. It would mean that our country has become too soft and too weak to commit to the hard work necessary to do what’s right in these turbulent, difficult years. But, we’re not there yet and hopefully, never will be.

  5. crosspatch says:

    The Democrats may quietly be overtaken by events. Here and there I see little telltale signs that we are, as conditions permit, already bringing our troop levels down and paving the way for further reductions overall.

  6. crosspatch says:

    And here is another indicator from AP:

    “Casey, who said more than once last year that he expected to see “fairly substantial” U.S. troop reductions during spring and summer of 2006, noted that the force has dropped from about 138,000 in March to 126,900 now.

    Wow, a reduction of 11,000 troops in the last 3 months!

  7. crosspatch says:

    And then there’s this from DoD:

    SAMAWAH, Iraq, June 22, 2006 – All coalition troops will leave Iraq’s Muthanna province by the end of July, making it the country’s first province to be responsible for its own security since the fall of Saddam Hussein, Iraqi officials said here today.

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    An Iraqi policeman guards the governor’s house in Samawah, Iraq, June 22. Coalition forces are withdrawing from the province, and Iraqi security forces are shouldering the mission in the area.

    U. S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Rudy Wright, the director of strategic communications for the coalition, congratulated the province’s governor and his people on their accomplishment during a trip to the province’s capital.

    “Your promise and the promise of the people who live in this province represent the vision of unity, security and prosperity for which not only the people of Iraq are with you, but the people of the world are behind you,” Wright said during a news conference at the governor’s house.

    “On this occasion, I’d like to thank God for this gift and our people in this province — all our families, all our tribes, all our sheikhs, all our educated people and all our young people who stood with us, … and the people who sacrifice — the police and the army — for us,” Gov. Mohammed-Ali Hassan Abbas al-Hassani said.

    “This is what we’ve been striving for since we got here,” said British Army Col. Giles Vosper-Brown, the commander of coalition troops in the province. Iraqi police and soldiers have been handling all the security and emergency calls in the province for the last four months.

    On June 19, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced the withdrawal of all coalition troops from the province. This includes British, Australian and Japanese troops. Japanese Self-Defense Force engineers will redeploy home. British and Australian troops will redeploy out of the province to other areas in Iraq.