Democrats Shortsightedness Endangers Us All

After reading this WSJ Online editorial about the Democrats taking ownership of our “impending defeat” in Iraq and a warning about the consequences of premature US troop withdrawal from Iraq, I am more convinced than ever that too many of the Congressional Democrats truly have no inkling of the consequences of their proposed actions. They have a fatal affliction: shortsightedness.

To quote the Michael Totten piece (second link above):

“If America pulls out of Iraq, they will fail in Afghanistan,” Mam Rostam said.

Hardly anyone in Congress seems to consider that the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan might become much more severe if similar tactics are proven effective in Iraq.

“And they will fail with Iran,” he continued. “They will fail everywhere with all Eastern countries. The war between America and the terrorists will move from Iraq and Afghanistan to America itself. Do you think America will do that? The terrorists gather their agents in Afghanistan and Iraq and fight the Americans here. If you pull back, the terrorists will follow you there. They will try, at least. Then Iran will be the power in the Middle East. Iran is the biggest supporter of terrorism. They support Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Ansar Al Islam. You know what Iran will do with those elements if America goes away.”

Here it is you have someone in Kurdish Iraq, thousands of miles away, that understands something that Harry Reid and his fellow Democrats in Congress seem incapable of understanding or believing. Failure to complete the mission in Iraq will, in the end, bring the enemies we fight there to our own shores. The suicide bombings, beheadings, mass killings, or worse, use of weapons of mass destruction will be happening here. 300 million Americans will be imperiled because the the present Democratic leadership has decided that making brownie points with their supporters is far more important than ensuring the safety of their fellow Americans. And should such a thing come to pass you can bet they will point their fingers at everyone but themselves.

It is apparent that they haven't learned the lessons of Vietnam, where another Democratic Congress made the decision to walk away from a war we were winning. The price for that was the lives of millions of innocents. But since they weren't American lives they didn't count.

It makes me wonder where their loyalties really lie.

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