Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The surge has some success.

Two of Bush's harshest critics spent eight days meeting with American and Iraqi military and civilian personnel in Iraq.
Their conclusions are sure to upset a lot of people, especially the Democratic leadership.
From the New York Times:
Published: July 30, 2007
VIEWED from Iraq,...
"Here is the most important thing Americans need to understand: We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms. As two analysts who have harshly criticized the Bush administration’s miserable handling of Iraq, we were surprised by the gains we saw and the potential to produce not necessarily “victory” but a sustainable stability that both we and the Iraqis could live with."
"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."

While all the news is not good, in fact they discribe the situation as still grave, how about we give the military the time that we voted for the surge before we demand a pull out and defeat.

Now, how do the Democrates view this news?
"House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Monday that a strongly positive report on progress on Iraq by Army Gen. David Petraeus likely would split Democrats in the House and impede his party's efforts to press for a timetable to end the war.
Clyburn noted that Petraeus carries significant weight among the 47 members of the Blue Dog caucus in the House, a group of moderate to conservative Democrats. Without their support, he said, Democratic leaders would find it virtually impossible to pass legislation setting a timetable for withdrawal."

It's sad that they are more concerned with their party's standing than in what is best for our country, our troops and the Iraqi people. God forbid we actually achieve something in this whole mess.

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