This is why Democrats should be seen but not heard---and certainly not given the reins of power. Today the United States Senate---supposedly the world's greatest deliberative body---voted "thumbs-up" on their White Flag Bill, which makes funding for troops in Iraq contingent on their withdrawal starting October 1.
After declaring last week that the war in Iraq was "lost," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stood triumphantly in front of the cameras today and crowed how this vote was essentially a spanking for the president. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took great joy in reminding us that her chamber had similarly spanked the president last week.
What these Clueless Wonders fail to realize is that the American people aren't the only ones watching and hearing this three-ring political circus. The U.S. troops are listening, too---in between continuing to dodge IEDs and kill the terrorist insurgents and help to stabilize Iraq. Despite all of their overheated, protesting-too-much rhetoric about "supporting the troops," no, they don't actually support the troops. If they did, they wouldn't be pulling the rug out from under them WHILE THEY ARE STILL FIGHTING THE WAR!
There's another group that's also listening to the Democrats: the enemy. If you are a terrorist operating in Iraq, you must be busting a gut, laughing at the weak will and utter stupidity of America's so-called "ruling class." You must also be wondering how the U.S. got to be such a superpower and stayed that way with such moronic opportunists running one of the two major political parties. You must also be rubbing your hands together in delight, as you realize your campaign of targeted violence has worked in whittling away the resolve of the greatest democracy on earth. You must also be thinking, "Wow. That was easy! It only took us four years to defeat America. Who knew they'd cave so fast?"
The president has indicated that he will veto this piece of surrender legislation, and the Democrats know they don't have the votes to override. But the damage has already been done: the troops have been dumped on by the Democrats, and the enemy knows they can inflict enough damage to get us to recoil.
President Bush has not been a perfect president. No president ever is. But at least he has demonstrated real resolve---not the phony "we support the troops" nonsense of the Democrats----but real strength of will to defeat the enemy. He knows that weakness provokes the enemy, encourages them, tempts them to act. And now the enemy knows that the opposition party in this country will hand them victory on a silver platter.