When U.S. Republicans accused Democrats of not having a plan for victory in Iraq during the campaign, Democrats insisted that they did – but, at the same time, they preferred to keep it a secret from voters. It’s a good thing that they reassured Americans of this, because anyone paying attention to what’s happening on Capitol Hill these days might assume that the “most ethical Congress in history” (as Pelosi puts it) campaigned on a blatant lie.

Current:  When U.S. Republicans accused Democrats of not having a plan for victory in Iraq during the campaign, Democrats insisted that they did – but, at the same time, they preferred to keep it a secret from voters.  It’s a good thing that they reassured Americans of this, because anyone paying attention to what’s happening on Capitol Hill these days might assume that the “most ethical Congress in history” (as Pelosi puts it) campaigned on a blatant lie. 

Here’s just a sample of what we have so far: 

John Murtha wants to cut and run.  Joe Lieberman wants to stay the course.  Joe Biden wants to carve Iraq into three sections.  Carl Levin wants U.S. withdrawal to being in 4 to 6 months.  Hillary wants to give it another year.  Charlie Rangel wants to reinstate the military draft.  Nancy Pelosi wants an immediate reduction in U.S. troops.  And a whole lot of other Democrats campaigned on the protest that there weren’t enough troops in Iraq, leading many to naturally assume that they would increase troop levels. 

What they all really want, of course, is to build on their political gains by winning the White House in 2008.  Unfortunately for them, they’ve now inherited a war that was made deeply unpopular in no small part because of their own success at hammering morale even before the troops were on the ground.  And regardless of whether they retreat in the face of Islamic terror or stand and fight, perhaps Democrats will at least come to understand the difficulty of leading in a time of war.

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