Winning in spite of defeatist attitudes

Steve Verdon at Outside the Beltway has an excellent post up regarding the American public’s perception of the Iraq war and how today’s public doesn’t seem to have the will to win that people who supported past wars did, thanks to today’s 24-7 media newscast which broadcasts every facet of the war almost to the point that the military can’t fight it without getting caught in the middle of an administration who wants to fight this war as it needs to be, versus the opposition, who wants to micromanage it.

Defeatist Democrats like Howard Dean, who said yesterday that the “idea that we’re going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong,” feed into that perception. Verdon writes:

Frankly, the Democrats tactic of saying we can’t win in Iraq strikes me as precisely the wrong approach to the problem. If the Democrats “win” on this one the result is that we lose. We lose in Iraq and we quite possibly degrad our ability to prosecute the war on terrorism in other parts of the world. Maybe that is what the Democratic party leadership wants, but it doesn’t look like a very good strategy for making the U.S. safer…which ironically is one of the Democrats complaints about invading Iraq in the first place.


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