Harry Reid has now come out publicly proclaiming Iraq to be a lost cause. What I find objectionable about this and other similar claims by Democrats is not that they think we're losing in Iraq; there's an argument to be made for that conclusion. What is objectionable is that they have no interest in winning in Iraq.
The Democrats do not warn that we are losing so that they may advocate policies that are better calculated to achieve victory. They proclaim that we are losing—so that they can convince us to accept defeat and to adopt policies that will hasten that defeat. I disagree with some of Jed Babbin's commentary below, but I think he does an excellent job of describing the essence of the Democrats' defeatism.
"Harry Reid, Loser," Jed Babbin, Human Events, April 20 The Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, believes the war in Iraq is lost. There is nothing about that conclusion that bothers Reid: he is as blasé as he is certain, as resolute in pursuit of defeat as Churchill was in pursuit of victory. Last November, the Democrats seized control of Congress on the pretense that they wanted to change our policy regarding Iraq but not—as they, to a man (and a woman) insisted—to merely cut and run. We knew they weren’t being truthful then, but too many people were taken in. Now all pretense is dispensed with: we can see the man behind the curtain.
On Thursday, Reid said: "I believe...that this war is lost, and this surge is not accomplishing anything, as is shown by the extreme violence in Iraq this week."…
Reid and the rest of the Democrats do not condemn defeat. They do not say they would have done better to win, because the words “win” and “victory” never pass their lips. They never propose an idea that might lead to quicker, more decisive victory in Iraq, or Afghanistan, or the Horn of Africa, or Lebanon, or anywhere else. No. The Democratic pathology is the same now as it was forty years ago.…
Harry Reid’s statement compels one more conclusion: that the Democrats are incapable of leading this nation to victory against this existential threat.
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