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Follow the Yellow Streak Road

Betty Williams, who received the Nobel Peace Prize for helping start peace talks in Northern Ireland, said the other day, “"Right now, I could kill George Bush." Though the New York Times isn’t suffering that bad a case of Bush Derangement Syndrome, its July 8 editorial said:

“President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have used demagoguery and fear to quell Americans’ demands for an end to this war. They say withdrawing will create bloodshed and chaos and encourage terrorists. Actually, all of that has already happened — the result of this unnecessary invasion and the incompetent management of this war.

This country faces a choice. We can go on allowing Mr. Bush to drag out this war without end or purpose. Or we can insist that American troops are withdrawn as quickly and safely as we can manage — with as much effort as possible to stop the chaos from spreading.”

How — if at all — can that be done? Don’t ask the New York Times or any of the other Democrats. They have no plan other than to seize the White House, without regard to the cost to Iraq, to America, or to the world. The Dems’ campaign in 2006 insisted that they wouldn’t try to cut and run from Iraq, and that was their lie of the year.

The cowardly lyin’ Dems are skipping down the Yellow Streak Road.

It was just six months ago — January 26, 2007 to be precise — that the Senate confirmed Gen. David Petraeus to be US commander in Iraq by a vote of 81-0. Petraeus promised to come back to Congress in September and report on progress in Iraq.

Just three weeks later, on February 13, the House was already voting to consider a resolution disapproving the surge. The Senate lagged only four days behind on the same measure. A month later the House was voting on the Murtha-Obey legislation to force withdrawal by parceling funds in impossible-to-use chunks.

The Senate, by March 14, was voting on Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) legislation to force withdrawal to begin in March 2008.

In April Harry Reid said the war was lost and Carl Levin (D-Mi) said the surge was a failure. Now — in July — Sen. Jim Webb (D-Virg.) says, “I don’t care what the report says in September,” and Reid says, “We cannot wait until September.” And no matter how low they sink, there’s always something that sinks lower.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) owes an apology to the families and friends of every American who has died in Iraq. Yesterday, she said, "We are stuck in a situation that is squandering the lives of our bravest, and it is also squandering the future of our nation because of the financial toll it is taking on our budget." Squandered lives? How dare she?

The Democrats have to repay the Michael Mooron wing of their party that elected them to leadership in 2006. And the Michaels, Barbras, Susans and MoDos won’t quit bugging Nancy. Cindy may even run against Nancy (a spectacle devoutly to be wish’d). They won’t wait for September to get what they think is due. It is too much to ask for the trembling Dems to stand up to that sort of pressure.

The Dems are terrified. The door to their anxiety closet has swung open wide, encircling them amidst the antiwar howlers of today and the ghosts of defeats they have created: of their past, from Vietnam, and the future, the defeat they wish to impose on America and Iraq. They don’t want to do anything that would make them responsible for whatever results from their actions. All that’s important is to hang George W. Bush. So Democrats follow the Yellow Streak Road, going wherever cowardice leads.

Congress isn’t about to repeal the funding of the war they have already passed. In fact, they don’t have the courage of their convictions to even try to cut off funding. All their words, all their amendments and all the ever-so-loud debates in the Senate would be meaningless but for two things.

First, the Dems’ hysteria feeds the resolve of our enemies. Iran and Syria (and their proxies, who we are fighting in Iraq) are many things but dumb isn’t one of them. They follow the Washington political meltdown and know that if they can continue to harass us — even though they cannot defeat us militarily — they can win simply by holding on.

Second, the Dems care not at all if we win or lose in Iraq, in Afghanistan or anywhere else. All their posturing is meant — in their lawyerly way — to create a record that when we are defeated, they can say, “it’s not our fault.”

Assume the worst: the Democrats take the White House in 2008, we withdraw suddenly from Iraq and do nothing about the terrorist states of Syria and Iran.

Remember the old Robert Redford movie, “The Candidate”? The grand liberal campaigns against all odds and evil conservatives and wins. Sitting there, on election night, the newly-elected senator asks, “What do we do now?” Just what will the Dems do in 2009 if they’ve won?

They have neither clue nor plan. They don’t even care. But our enemies plan. Our enemies care.

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Mr. Babbin is the former editor of Human Events and HumanEvents.com (Jan 2007-Mar 2010) and served as a deputy undersecretary of defense in President George H.W. Bush's administration. He is the author of "In the Words of our Enemies"(Regnery,2007) and (with Edward Timperlake) of "Showdown: Why China Wants War with the United States" (Regnery, 2006) and "Inside the Asylum: Why the UN and Old Europe are Worse than You Think" (Regnery, 2004).

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