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Past The Point Of Imposing Defeat On Victory And Calling It Prudence?

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Peter Wehner thinks we are.  Read his assessment in The National Review.  Key graph:

“If ever (Herbert) Spencer wrote a tragedy, its plot would be the slaying of a beautiful deduction by an ugly fact,” Thomas Huxley wrote. It is an odd situation indeed to find members of America’s political class greeting demonstrable evidence of progress in Iraq as ugly and inconvenient facts. But fortunately we seem to be past the danger point, when Members of Congress can recklessly undo what General Petraeus, Ambassador Crocker, and the remarkable men and women of our armed forces have achieved. Now Members of the House and Senate are simply left to posture, rage against the wind, and passionately insist, against a growing body of evidence, that a war that might be won is hopelessly lost.

Though the credit goes primarily to the military and the military’s senior leaders, the president and the Administration and especially the Senate GOP did not blink and cave when the big push for defeat came in the spring.  They have given the troops the time they needed to adjust again to a different battlefield and to turn the tide decisively against al Qaeda in Iraq and to bring greater stability to Baghdad. 

Proponents of victory in the war have also been assisted by the raw hate displayed towards General Petraeus from many quarters, but most especially in the slander of the general.  Undenounced by the Democrats who would be Commander-in-Chief, the “General Betray Us” ad will remind voters this year and next that when the snarling left felt it was necessary to smear a senior commander esteemed for his leadership, courage and his intellect, Senators Clinton and Obama said nothing in his defense –a foreshadowing of how they would “lead” the military if elected to replace George Bush in November, 2008.


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