A pro-Democrat post

| February 27, 2007

A TaH reader (thanks, Brad) emailed me a link to RealClear Politics that, after considering a few hours (remembering the price that Joe Lieberman and Ellen Taucher have paid), I’ve decided to share with other readers. Probably one of the few times you’ll ever see me praise a Democrat. Behold! Ed Koch speaks;

When the U.S. leaves Iraq, as the Democrats promise they will force President Bush to do, will we face the prospect of emboldened Jihadists, with the cry of “God is Great” on their lips, blowing Americans up here in the States? If terrorists explode radioactive bombs and tank trucks of chlorine gas in American cities, or worse still, full-fledged nuclear weapons, what will our reaction be? Will we be like the English and Spanish who, when their commuter trains were blown up in London and Madrid, rolled over and surrendered to terrorist demands?

That should be the question that American voters should be asking. Along with;

Why won’t we take those who threaten us at their word? Why do we continue to make excuses for their threatening behavior until finally we will be forced to act because they have exploded the dirty bomb or the real nuclear bomb in our homeland?

And the words of warning you’ll never hear from another registered Democrat;

Wake up, America! This war is not only taking place in Iraq. The struggle is for the future of the world. Our enemies intend to conquer us, and they say so openly. The time to resist is now.

Of course no entry in praise of Democrats would be complete without mentioning Joe Lieberman’s (I know he’s an Independent, but he’s still a Democrat) piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday entitled The Choice on Iraq. He chastized Democrats for being so overwhelmed by the Bush Derangement Syndrome to admit that Iraq’s outcome will determine our own future;

But the fact is that we are in a different place in Iraq today from even just a month ago — with a new strategy, a new commander, and more troops on the ground. We are now in a stronger position to ensure basic security — and with that, we are in a stronger position to marginalize the extremists and strengthen the moderates; a stronger position to foster the economic activity that will drain the insurgency and militias of public support; and a stronger position to press the Iraqi government to make the tough decisions that everyone acknowledges are necessary for progress.

Unfortunately, for many congressional opponents of the war, none of this seems to matter. As the battle of Baghdad just gets underway, they have already made up their minds about America’s cause in Iraq, declaring their intention to put an end to the mission before we have had the time to see whether our new plan will work.

Lieberman’s final paragraph was equally as powerful as Koch’s, but  a bit less dramatic;

We are at a critical moment in Iraq — at the beginning of a key battle, in the midst of a war that is irretrievably bound up in an even bigger, global struggle against the totalitarian ideology of radical Islamism. However tired, however frustrated, however angry we may feel, we must remember that our forces in Iraq carry America’s cause — the cause of freedom — which we abandon at our peril.

So at least two get it. When can we expect the remainder to follow?

Just giving up on their “slow-bleed” policy isn’t enough. If Democrats would abandon the moonbat wing, the moonbat wing would go away. If Democrats would abandon that vocal minority of Americans who think that simply bringing home the troops would solve all of our problems and get behind our troops for a few months, they’d triumph. The jihadists and the flakes thrive on attenton. Just ignore them for a few months, for Pete’s sake. 

Category: Politics, Terror War

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