Can we question their patriotism yet?
House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Monday that a strongly positive report on progress on Iraq by Army Gen. David Petraeus likely would split Democrats in the House and impede his party’s efforts to press for a timetable to end the war.
Clyburn, in an interview with the washingtonpost.com video program PostTalk, said Democrats might be wise to wait for the Petraeus report, scheduled to be delivered in September, before charting next steps in their year-long struggle with President Bush over the direction of U.S. strategy.
Clyburn noted that Petraeus carries significant weight among the 47 members of the Blue Dog caucus in the House, a group of moderate to conservative Democrats. Without their support, he said, Democratic leaders would find it virtually impossible to pass legislation setting a timetable for withdrawal.
Many Democrats have anticipated that, at best, Petraeus and U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker would present a mixed analysis of the success of the current troop surge strategy, given continued violence in Baghdad. But of late there have been signs that the commander of U.S. forces might be preparing something more generally positive. Clyburn said that would be "a real big problem for us."
Ok, not really anything new here. We all understand the Democrats and the left do not want victory in Iraq and we all understand the reasons why. They would rather take a sword to their belly then admit that Bush was right. They would rather allow the sacrifices made by our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan to have been for nothing rather then support victory. They would rather allow wholesale slaughter to occur in Iraq rather then supporting victory. They would rather allow al-Qaeda the use of a whole country from which to wage war on the West from rather then support victory.
Harry Reid – "This war is lost"
These people should be ashamed.
Nothing really new here, sure, but isn’t it a disgrace that the Democrats consider generally positive news from Iraq to be a problem?
The saddest and most telling part is that by “us”, Rep Clyburn does NOT mean the American People, the People of Iraq, the Iraqi Government, The Coalition Military, or any of our allies.
Success in our operations in Iraq (and Afghanistan) SHOULD only equate to “a real big problem for us.” if one is quoting islamofascists. Unfortunately, it appears that problems for A-Q and islamofascism are problems for the left-wing also,
Sad, disgusting, and a dangerous portent.
The dhimmi’s have their political future invested in losing in Iraq. Sacrafice of their own childrens future and many lives means nothing to them. We have a sad lot of dhimmi’s in congress. Watching them protect a terrorist organization like CAIR is funny, only because I’m old and won’t have to put up with the result for many years. I’ve told my children and grandchildren who to blame and they will remember when it happens.
Did any of you actually bother to listen to the full interview?
Clyburn, heaven forbid, is suggesting that Democrats wait until September’s report before pushing more withdrawal measures, just like President Bush has requested.
He expresses hope for a good report, notes personal connections to Iraq, and expresses confidence in Petraeus. But because he has a D next to his name, some blogger pulled out a few words knowing that no one would actually look for greater context.
This debate deserves better. And no, you can’t question the patriotism of decorated vets like Chuck Hagel and Jim Webb. Disagree with their position on the war, but stop hating war critics more than you love the U.S.
That’s Why They Want A Report Now
They admit it:
House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Monday that a strongly positive…