On Sunday, Nancy Pelosi was asked on CNN whether she feared squandering the success of President Bush's "surge" in Iraq with a hasty withdrawal. "There haven't been gains, Wolf," the House Speaker told anchor Wolf Blitzer. "The gains have not produced the desired effect which is the reconciliation of Iraq. This is a failure. This is a failure."
We'll assume Ms. Pelosi isn't actually disappointed by the latest good Iraq news. Yet the political calendar in Washington, with its noisome demands for benchmarks and timetables, is increasingly out of step with the strategic calendar in Baghdad.
At this point in the Democratic primary season, even a declaration of surrender by al Qaeda in Iraq would probably be treated as further evidence of Bush Administration incompetence. Speaking of which, this week the Times of London published remarkable excerpts from letters by two al Qaeda chieftains in Iraq that were seized late last year in a U.S. military raid.
Yup. Nothing shows incompetence more than victory against an intractable enemy. See, it says so right here in my Left Wing America-Is-Always-Wrong indoctrination pamphlet!
The Left doesn't want to be shown as wrong. Therefore they try to spin the news coming out of Iraq to make it look like every step gained in achieving a peaceful Iraq is a failure.
I don't know about you, but I'm getting pretty tired of it.