The question in this Examiner editorial is could Democrats be regaining their senses on Iraq? I wonder if that would require that they ever made sense on Iraq in the first place?
They still call for varying forms of what amounts to a politically motivated withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, but there are heartening signs that Democratic lawmakers are regaining their equilibrium. Just a month ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., promised renewed efforts after Congress returns from its August recess to force a hasty withdrawal. Now, other Democrats are injecting some much-needed realism into their party’s debate on the war.
The backstory here is a combination of factors, including the Bush administration’s modestly effective communication of evidence of the surge’s initial success, a landmark New York Times editorial by Democratic scholars Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack of the Brookings Institution, hints that public support for successfully finishing the war effort is reviving, and the gnawing fear that Democrats will be held responsible if a bloodbath follows withdrawal. With some Democrats coming back from the brink of surrender on Iraq, there are new grounds for cautious optimism that freedom will eventually be allowed to take root in the benighted country.
The piece includes some recent statements from Senators Levin and Clinton regarding the success of the surge.
Update: More from Carol Liebau.