First - Apparently the "progressives" are having trouble making headway with the Dems in Congress. The moderate / conservative Democrats are scared that if they follow the template that the anti-war crowd wants followed (refusing to fund any operations except withdrawal) they will lose their seats, and Nancy Pelosi won't even talk to them.
Second - We aren't allowed to question the patriotism of the left, but they can sure question our patriotism. MoveOn.org has taken out a full page ad in the NY Times under the title "General Petraeus or General Betray Us".
Finally - Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has been caught editing the version of a speech that appears on his website. In the version he gave he was pretty insulting towards US troops. In the version online less so:
And let me be clear. The violence in Anbar has gone down in spite of the Surge, not because of the Surge.
The inability of American soldiers to protect these tribes from Al Qaeda said to these tribes, "We have to fight Al Qaeda ourselves."
And let me be clear: the violence in Anbar has gone down despite the surge, not because of the surge.
The lack of protection for these tribes from al Qaeda made it clear to these tribes, "We have to fight al Qaeda ourselves."
source: Gateway Pundit
I guess they really do support the troops as we can see by the insults and attempts to deny them funds to do their jobs. That ranks right up their with parades and care packages in the giving the troops a nice warm glow deep inside department.
They have a few other problems too. This weekend Zogby released a poll showing 54% of Americans believe the war can still be won and the US Institute for Peace belives we need to stay in Iraq for up to 5 more years. Why?
With some recent security improvements, the biggest problem facing the Bush administration and Iraq is the failure of politicians in Baghdad to reconcile Sunni and Shiite factions and pass critical laws to secure the fledgling new democracy. "The situation remains fluid, but a window has opened, fleetingly, for Iraq to proceed with political reconciliation. Iraq's national politicians have been unable to take full advantage of this opportunity," says the report, authored by USIP vice president Daniel Serwer.
In other words the surge is working if the Iraqi's can get their shit together. (I know there have been other reports questioning the effectiveness; but since the Iraq Study Group report was one of the main tools used to argue against the surge when those same staffers issue a new report saying it is working it lets a little wind out of the anti-war airbags)
That's it for now. General Petraeus' testimony starts today so be on the look out for a lot of mud-slinging.
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