Proving that those who fail to learn history not only damn themselves, but others, the Democrats are asking George McGovern how they should surrender in Iraq. This makes it quite clear what the Democratic Party’s priority is: bugging out of Iraq as soon as possible, regardless of the consequences. Not only that, but they’re now working with an architect of one of America’s most shameful surrenders in order to do it.
I wasn’t that depressed about the Democrats winning — the GOP needs a spanking, and boy did they get it. But now, I’m right with Ann Althouse in fearing what the future will bring:
It’s the failure of Americans to support the war. It’s the folding and crumpling because things didn’t go well enough and the way we conspicuously displayed that to our enemies. They’re going to use that information.
For how long?
She’s right. Our enemies got the message: we don’t have the guts. We’ll back down if you keep the pressure on for long enough. We don’t have the spine to fight — our military does, but our chattering classes are as weak-willed as they come. Even President Bush can be cowed with enough pressure.
Our troops are worried that we’ll leave before the job is done. They’re the ones living with reality of Iraq today, and yet they seem to have more perspective than anyone else. I would hope that Mr. McGovern would listen to them rather than the voices of defeat, but I rather doubt that he will.
The legacy of this election could be handing the biggest victory to al-Qaeda that they have ever had. If we leave Iraq before stabilizing the situation, we will pay for it for years to come.
Our enemies are listening, and our new Congress is already starting to discuss how to wave the white flag.