–Speaker Nancy Pelosi, yesterday
At what point does taking a stand for your party become wagering on the success of America’s adversaries?
At what point do actions taken to advance the cause of your party supporters blur into aiding and abetting the enemy?
The surge has been a failure. It has, it really has — you heard it from Speaker Nancy Pelosi. So, forget the drastic decrease in death and violence, forget the successful transition of several areas from American to Iraqi control, forget the optimism seen for the first time from the Iraqi people, the businesses that are prospering, the success of the Baghdad housing market, which is putting America’s housing market to shame. Forget it all. The surge has failed. Nancy said so.
Frankly, I am growing tired of listening to the democrats. It saddens me, it frustrates me that the leadership of one of the two major American political parties have staked their political future on the death and destruction of our servicemen and servicewomen and on the defeat of our forces in Iraq. It makes me wonder if, over their morning coffee, Sen. Harry Reid and his fellow defeatists actually get some sort of professional satisfaction from reading tales of troop deaths. While I’m sure that none of them actually want to see Americans die, I wonder if on some level, they weigh the tragedy against its effect upon their political cause.
If this is not the case, explain why Reid went out of his way to undermine troop morale and embolden the enemy back in April 2007 by stating to the world media, in his natural defeatist tone, that “this war is lost.”
If this is not the case, and the Democratic party leadership actually supports the troops and wants victory in Iraq, explain why Pelosi did everything she could to endanger our soldiers and undermine the war effort back in October of 2006 when she renewed the decades-old discussion of legislation which would have officially recognized the 1915 Turkish slaughter of Armenians as “genocide.”
Could she not have found a better time to rehash such things? Not a living Turk under the age of 103 could have had Armenian blood on their hands, yet Pelosi dragged it out at a time when American diplomacy was barely able to diffuse growing tension on the Iraq-Turkey border.
As a result, diplomatic relations with Turkey were unnecessarily strained — Turkey recalled its ambassador from Washington and overflight and base privileges were on the verge of being rescinded for good.
“If this resolution [that] passed in the committee passes the House as well, our military ties with the U.S. will never be the same again,” Turkish Gen. Yasar Buyukanit told the Milliyet newspaper and the Associated Press.
Supply lines to our fighting men and women were in jeopardy. The very politicians who had previously been lambasting the Bush administration for not providing our troops with enough critical supplies and life-saving armor had gone out of their way to kick sand in the face of the leaders of Turkey, the very nation which permitted the vast majority of American supplies and armor to be collected and transported into Iraq.
I still contend that the Armenian genocide legislation stunt was Nancy Pelosi’s way of sabotaging the Iraq war when she figured out that all of her other, more direct attempts at doing so had failed.
Sure, Pelosi and Reid may have said, less than a week before President Bush announced the surge, that “adding more combat troops will only endanger more Americans.” Sure, the very day after their party wrested control of congress, Pelosi and Reid may have composed a letter to the president which insisted that America is “well past the point of more troops in Iraq.” They may have done these things and more, but Pelosi and Reid are not the only Democratic party officials who have bet their careers and power on failure in Iraq:
Sen. Dick Durbin, in the official Democratic party response to the announcement of the troop surge, spoke for you and me and Americans everywhere when he said that “escalation of this war is not the change the American people called for in the last election . . . the president’s plan moves the American commitment in the wrong direction” and when he maintained that “20,000 American soldiers are too few to end this civil war in Iraq and too many American lives to risk on top of those we’ve already lost.”
Sen. Barack Obama, during an interview with Larry King immediately after Bush announced the surge, explained to the ageless, suspendered wonder that there is no “evidence that an additional 15,000 to 20,000 more U.S. troops is going to make a significant dent in the sectarian violence that’s taking place there.”
Sen. Hillary Clinton explained her position to Fox News Channel’s Greta van Susteren: “I opposed it, based on what I knew of the situation before I went, and I’m even more strongly against it now because I think the chances of success are limited at best.” And then, of course, she essentially called Gen. David Petraeus a liar:
Rep. Joe Sestak–my representative–explained that “we’re doubling down on a bad military bet. A surge hasn’t worked and it won’t work again.”
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords: “I sense from (talking with) our soldiers that the Iraqi people’s heart is not in this.”
Rep. Ike Shelton, of the Armed Services Committee: “Our experience has shown that a limited infusion of troops (as called for in Bush’s surge strategy) will not necessarily produce the improvement to Iraqi security we had hoped. I remain to be convinced that increasing the number of U.S. troops in Iraq will have a measurable affect on the security situation in Iraq.”
Before the surge, see, when Iraqis were showing off their purple ink-stained fingers after record voter turnout, Pelosi’s concern was with MILITARY gains. Now that the military has made incredible strides thanks to the unbelievable bravery of our troops and the brilliant strategy of Gen. David Petraeus, the focus is on the POLITICAL failure. Give me a break.
Last month, the Washington Times had the following to say about Iraq, one year after the surge was announced: “Signs of improved security in Baghdad go beyond the obvious dampening of street battles and bombings: It’s in the smaller transformations taking place in neighborhoods that the seeds of possibility are starting to take root.” Read the article — it’s remarkable.
Also last month, the much-maligned Iraqi government unanimously passed de-Baathification legislation, a political reconciliation bill which satisfied one of the most prominent benchmarks established by Pelosi, Reid and the rest of our Congress to measure progress between the Tigris and Euphrates.
Honestly, the easiest way to tell just how well things are going in Iraq is to check the New York Times. The further back toward the last page of Section A you find news from Iraq, the better things are going. The mere fact that the Old Grey Lady buried articles on Iraq to page A21 tells me more about the success of the war effort than a whole team of military experts or a 1000-page congressional record detailing benchmarks and timetables.
Now, one day before the Pentagon released letters and documents seized in theater which detail the “extraordinary crisis” beleaguering Al Queda leaders and show the growing dysfunction within the ranks of the terrorist group, Pelosi went on television with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and twice called Iraq a “failure.”
The Democratic leadership should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. Betting their political future on nothing short of American defeat and then repeatedly making statements and taking action to hasten such a result is absolutely disgusting.
People like Pelosi and Reid offer a microcosm of everything that is wrong with American politics. These soulless, spineless snakes play political games with foreign policy and national security and hold their own power in higher esteem than the lives of those who guarantee the very freedom they wish to exploit.
Time and time again, they claim to work for Americans, on behalf of Americans, yet at every turn they put in jeopardy the lives of American mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. Time and time again, they smile for the cameras and manipulate the hearts and minds of American people, making promises only to sell them out in favor of agendas advanced by George Soros and MoveOn.org once the camera lights have been extinguished.
Time and time again, they put themselves ahead of country, and then complain when deemed unpatriotic.
True Americans wouldn’t sacrifice lives for political gain. True Americans shouldn’t make me sick.