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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Democrats now regret using the term "Listen to the Generals"

Funny, "Listen to the Generals" was echoed all throughout the Democratic campaigns of 2006. The common theme was that President Bush did not listen to the generals and he needed to start listening to them.

Now, though, those same assertions are being used against the Democrats in congress.

Talk about being hoisted by your own petard.

A top U.S. military adviser yesterday rebuked the Democrat-led Congress for ignoring recent success of the troop surge in Iraq and trying to hamstring the war effort with legislation.

"Your actions here in the Congress appear to be in direct conflict with the realities on the ground where the trends are up and progress is being made," retired Army Gen. John M. Keane, adviser to U.S. commanders in Iraq, told a House panel that is considering time limits on troop deployments.

"Your resolution, like so many others proposed, ties the hands of our military commanders and deprives them of the opportunity to use the appropriate level of force for the time that is required to use that force," he said.

But Gen. Keane's assessment and other reports of U.S. military gains in Iraq did not impress Democrats.

Democratic leaders are "not willing to concede there are positive things to point to" in Iraq, said a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat.

Denying the reality on the ground in Iraq is something the Democrats are very good at. They simply choose to ignore any and all progress and success that General Petraeus and our troops are seeing on the ground.

Republicans said the speaker was not following her own advice to "listen to the generals," a common refrain from Mrs. Pelosi before the troop surge when several military leaders criticized the previous war strategy.

House Minority Leader John A. Boehner seized upon Gen. Keane's comments.

"Compare the reports from our commanders on the ground in Iraq to the rhetoric and retreat proposals of Democrats in Washington, and you'll see exactly what prompted General Keane's testimony," the Ohio Republican said.

Nothing worse that having your own words turn around and bite you on the ass, is there Nancy?

"General Petraeus' massive offensive against al Qaeda is working, but you'd never know it listening to the defeatist rhetoric of congressional Democrats," Mr. Boehner said. "It's shocking, especially when you consider what is at stake in the war on terror."

Gen. Keane, an adviser to Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, told the House Armed Services Committee that the troop surge President Bush ordered six months ago and which reached its full strength last month has turned the tide against al Qaeda and insurgents.

The good news here is that the MSM is having no choice BUT to report on these successes recently and the American people are starting to understand that the "realities on the ground" do not match up with the Democrats rhetoric.

(Additional Link and a big Hat Tip to Don Surber)

I don’t know if the Surge is working or not. I am not in Iraq. But Thomas Frank of USA Today reported that U.S. casualties are at their lowest number in the past year.

Wait a second, I thought more fighting means more deaths. But the chart shows otherwise. How can this be?

Their politics are much more important to them than Victory in Iraq or elsewhere. They are willing to sell out their country for a vote.

Nice little hole the Democrats have dug for themselves. One has to wonder if they had the forethought to bring the shovel into that hole with them to try to dig out of it.

I said yesterday they are heavily invested in defeat and that they had left themselves no Plan B.

Never bet against America, you will lose every time.

(Cartoon by Michael Ramirez)