Former Congressman Bob Schaffer –the GOP’s likely nominee for the Colorado Senate seat being vacated by Wayne Allard– was on my program yesterday. (You can listen to the interview here.)
Schaffer had just flown in from a trip to Afghanistan, and he brought back a copy of Kabul’s leading English language newspaper, “The Daily Outlook.” It was from this week and had been slipped under the door of his hotel, and no doubt circulated widely among the English-speaking Afghans and was translated for the non-English speaking community.
Above the fold was a headline: “Iraq War Is ‘Lost’ Says US Democrat Leader.”
Harry Reid’s declaration of defeat had traveled across the globe to the Afghan capitol, and its message of encouragement to the barbarians there could not be easier to understand: “Fight on. The Americans are tired of the battle, and ready to take another holiday. Kill a bunch more civilians and soldiers and they’ll quit Afghanistan as well.”
There is no underestimating or minimizing the damage Harry Reid did, and it will shame him for decades to come. It will also shame his party because it has been unrebuked except by Senator Lieberman.
The impact was foreseeable, just as is the carnage that would follow retreat in Iraq or lassitude in the war generally. We live in a wired world, and the partisan attacks on the Hill show up in Kabul and Baghdad the next day, and linger there to encourage the enemy, discourage our allies, and undermine our efforts and ultimately our own security.