It is hard to comprehend the fact that there
are people in the United States Congress who are so addicted to power they
actually want America to lose the war in Iraq in order to obtain it. Yet that
is exactly what is happening with Democrats running the show. They couch their
cowardice in high-minded lies about supporting the troops but not the mission,
but the truth is much less complicated. They cannot stand the idea that "George
Bush's war," as Hillary Clinton likes to call it, might actually succeed.
As former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich
said on Fox News Sunday, "The left wing of the Democratic Party is deeply
opposed to American victory and deeply committed to American defeat."
Gingrich's statements of late have been bold,
blunt and controversial, much as one might expect from someone looking for
an opportunity to jump into the Republican race for president. This interview
was no exception. He compared the Democrats' betrayal of our allies in Iraq to their abandonment of the South Vietnamese.
"In 1975, when there were no Americans left
in Vietnam," Gingrich said, "the left wing of the Democratic Party
killed the government of South Vietnam, cut off all of its ammunition, and sent a signal to
the world that the United States had abandoned its allies. What I would say to any Democrat
who wants America to leave is quite simple. Millions of Iraqis have sided
with the United States. They are known in their neighborhoods. They are known
in their cities. If we abandon them, they are going to be massacred."
And so are we, if we surrender.
Appeasement is not a virtue among our Islamist
enemies. It is a sign of weakness. The stupidity of thinking that defeat is
the solution to our dilemma in Iraq is, at best, ill-advised, and at worst, irrational.
It is a signal to our enemies around the world that, a mere generation after
our embarrassing retreat from Southeast
Asia, we are still unable or unwilling
to keep our commitments to our friends. Is there a clear-thinking American
who can't see that this is an engraved invitation to the Islamist fanatics
of the world to prey upon our obvious weaknesses?
General David Petraeus has been assigned the
unenviable task of making the troop surge work in Iraq, and early indications are that he is beginning to have
some success. Violence against American troops is down in Baghdad. As Gingrich points out, millions of Iraqis have put
themselves on the line to support our efforts. With our help, they might just
win this war and have a democratic society of their own.
Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., one of the left's
most reliable appeasers, appeared on the same program as Gingrich. Feingold
told interviewer Chris Wallace, "I do not buy the notion that the surge is
working. I do not buy the notion that somehow Petraeus is going to be able
to tell us that things are moving in the right direction. And in fact, he'll
come back in September and he's going to say, 'Let's wait until the end of
Feingold and most other Democrats are so bent
on losing before we can win, they don't even want to wait for Petraeus' report
in September. They are desperate to surrender.
Gingrich put it best: "We are faced with evil
opponents. Those opponents need to be defeated. And if General Petraeus and
Ambassador Crocker come back in September and say, 'We actually can win this
thing,' I want to understand the rationale that says, 'No, we don't want to
let America win. Let's legislate defeat for the United States.'"
That is the real agenda of the Democrats -
surrender before we can win.