Political Points at Any Cost
By Jeff Emanuel
If there is an illustration next to the word "gall" in the dictionary, the picture may very well be of the Congressional Democrat leadership, led (less than ably) by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (with Reps. Nancy Pelosi and Jack Murtha close behind).
Under Reid's political-victory-at-any-cost brand of "leadership," Congressional Democrats have done everything in their power to ensure America's defeat in Iraq, while simultaneously attempting to place the blame for the loss squarely on the shoulders of a President who either is unwilling to defend himself and the military for which he serves as Commander in Chief, or is incapable of doing so.
The process began in earnest soon after the 110th Congress convened, when, on the heels of the Senate's confirmation of General David Petraeus as commander of Multinational Forces in Iraq (MNF-I), both Democrat-controlled houses attempted to ram through nonbinding resolutions condemning the "troop surge" which had been requested by Petraeus, and which was a key component of President Bush's long overdue "new strategy" in that war.
Next, again going against the wishes of America's military leaders (something which Reid and others have constantly berated the President for supposedly doing), the Democrat Congress adopted the "slow bleed" tactic, which was designed to combine a multimillion dollar anti-military, anti-war campaign with legislative action that would slowly but surely deprive the warfighters on the ground in Iraq of the materiel they needed to prosecute the war, in hopes that, once they had run so low on funding, gear, and supplies that they could no longer effectively fight, President Bush would be forced to bring them home.
This unconscionable "strategy" -- simply turning off the spigot of supplies necessary to keep our men and women in harm's way alive and functioning, in hopes of forcing a political opponent's hand -- might have actually worked, had one Representative (Pennsylvania Democrat Jack Murtha) not made the abysmally foolish (and thankfully lifesaving) decision to go public with the plan. The reaction to this horrific plan was severe enough that the "strategy" had to be dropped -- at least for the time being.