When conservative Republicans warned the electorate that the Democratic Party would push for a cut and run policy in Iraq, it wasn’t enough to keep control of Congress. The Democrats won, and now they and their media buddies are telling anyone who’ll listen that they took over because they ran “moderate” candidates whose views reflect those of the majority of Americans (check the poll results here to see what that majority thinks about Iraq).
Now comes the fulfillment of that conservative prediction:
The Democrats — the incoming majority leader, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada; the incoming Armed Services Committee chairman, Senator Carl Levin of Michigan; and the incoming Foreign Relations Committee chairman, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware — said a phased redeployment of troops would be their top priority when the new Congress convenes in January, even before an investigation of the conduct of the war.
“We need to begin a phased redeployment of forces from Iraq in four to six months,” Mr. Levin said in an appearance on the ABC News program “This Week.” In a telephone interview later, Mr. Levin added, “The point of this is to signal to the Iraqis that the open-ended commitment is over and that they are going to have to solve their own problems.”
“The people have spoken in a very, very strong way that they don’t buy the administration policy,” Mr. Levin said on ABC. Mr. Reid, in an appearance on CBS, said troop redeployment “should start within the next few months.”
There’s more here.
Instead of retreating we ought to increase our troop strength and crush the Islamists. Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman are calling for more troops. That makes sense … but with the Dems in charge, does anybody want to take bets on Congressional funding of even maintaining troop strength in Iraq (much less increasing it)?
If this mess bothers you like it bothers me, speak up and influence the Republican leadership candidates while you can.
Update: Oh, crap. President Bush, don’t be an idiot.
Yet again we see why our enemies prefer Democrats.