I have a column at Townhall today about the difference General Petraeus’ testimony and reports of progress in Iraq have made on the political landscape.
What a difference a day makes. Or rather, several days and quite a few hours of congressional testimony and public statements regarding the status of the troop “surge” in Iraq from General David Petraeus. Not only are the leading Democrats running for President not calling for immediate withdrawal, but they won’t even say that if they were President the troops would be out of Iraq by the end of their four year term.
Although many of the Democrat politicians understand that some things have changed since the Petraeus report, many of the liberal anti-war activists don’t. A liberal blogger commenting on Elizabeth Dole’s re-election chances in North Carolina recently wrote, “UP: Her top assets are the sheer awesomeness of incumbency and that George W. Bush is not on the ballot. DOWN: GWB isn’t on the ballot, but his war is.” Not only are the Democrats’ chances for the presidency heavily dependent on bad news coming from Iraq and an unsuccessful war to run against, but so are Democrats’ prospect for holding the Senate. Bottom line – bad news from Iraq has been good news for many Democrats running for office.
Also be sure to read my post below about the most interesting thing I have read in a long time regarding the lead up to the war in Iraq.