House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Monday that a strongly positive report on progress on Iraq by Army Gen. David Petraeus likely would split Democrats in the House and impede his party's efforts to press for a timetable to end the war.
source - Washington Post
When asked about what will happen if Gen Petraeus's September report shows that the surge is working Clyburn responded that it would be bad news for Democrats! I was not able to find a transcript on line so I'm paraphrasing here.
If Gen. David Petraeus delivers a September progress report showing real gains, instead of the mixed report many have expected, it would "be a real big problem for us," Clyburn told The Washington Post.
Why would American success in Iraq be "a real big problem" for Democrats? Oh, yeah. They've already called the war "lost" (Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid), have tried seven times this year to end it, and have staked their majority in Congress and their hopes for winning the White House on an American failure there.
source - Union Leader
We have long suspected that the Democrats were invested in "retreat and defeat" but I'm shocked to actualy here one of them admit to it!
"Winning the war on terror may be politically inconvenient for Jim Clyburn, but losing the war on terror is incomprehensible for those who fight and die defending freedom," said Dawson. "Democrats politically invested in U.S. failure have deliberately sought to tie the hands of our troops by denying them resources needed to win in Iraq. The actions of Democrat leaders constitute a breech of public trust and disregard for our safety and security."
source - Campaigns and Elections
I'm glad Clyburn has come clean on this. Any bets that this story gets buried by the main stream media?
If you read the Washinton Post article alone (not watch the video or hear the audio) you might not think that there is much of a story here. The true weight of this story is what is in the audio recording. That is where Clyburn admits that what is good for America (winning in Iraq) is not good for Democrats.
It's time for many Democrats to look at the party that they belong to and look who is in control of that party. Do these people have the best interests of you and America in mind or only there own? I gladly support politicians who put America above their own personal ambitions, do you?
Anyone who sees victory in Iraq as a bad thing should not be in the United States Federal government.
-- Danny Mc Guire