I've been busy but I don't think it's too late to post this. In fact I'd be very remiss not to. It has to do with the Democrat leadership and their apparent investment in our defeat in both the war in Iraq and the war on terror in general (most argue they are one and the same---I have no problem with this).
Congressman James Clyburn, Democrat--South Carolina, who has relatives stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan, stated a couple of weeks ago that if the report to be submitted by General Petraeus is a positive one, "that would be a real big problem for us, no question about that" (Democrats), ...even though "no one wants to see us lose...we love our country." It's good that Mr. Clyburn threw in that qualifier...later...because later is better than never.
But another Democrat, Senator Chuck Shumer of New York, has taken a slightly different approach. He has taken his own anti-American-soldier comments made on the Senate floor just days ago and simply omitted them from the printed text of his speech ("inability of American soldiers"). That's a funny way to qualify an unfair statement of blame of our quite capable soldiers in combat. Laura Ingraham said Shumer's omission was typical of the old Soviet Union. Here is what he actually said:
Sometimes I don't know at whom I should be more angry: the senior senator from New York or the fools who keep sending him to Washington. One thing is certain. He seems to be suffering from the same hubris that plagued former Senator Tom Daschle, D-SD in his last two years in office: the tendancy for overconfidence to cause one to make ridiculous statements as if factual. Now if we can only find a Thune in the Empire State to run against Shumer...
Senators Shumer and Dick Durbin (D-IL) have both attacked the credibility of General Petraeus (in spite of approving his appointment to his current post 81-0) and his report before reading it, and reaffirmed their commitment for withdrawal of our troops. In fact Senator Durbin, in speaking for the other Copperheads (an historical term used by blogger, Scottish Right, which I am thoroughly enjoying), has announced he will no longer vote for Iraq war funding bills unless they are tied to troop reductions.
House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, said "We will see what the Bush report will be at the end of next week,...The facts are self-evident that the progress is not being made. They might want to find one or two places where there has been progress but the plural of anecdote is not data." She said Democrats were determined to uncover "the ground truth in Iraq." Grind the truth--more like.