30 November 2007

Murtha says the surge in Iraq is working

Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) has recently returned from a trip to Iraq and reports that President Bush's "surge" (the sending of 30,000 additional troops to Iraq earlier this year) is working. Violence is down throughout the country, though infighting among Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish factions are still hindering political progress.

It's interesting to note that Murtha has been one of the Iraq war's most outspoken critics for years now. For him to make statements like these is almost mind-blowing.

A quote from the above link:

But Pelosi, who is scheduled to speak to a Democratic National Committee event in Virginia on Friday, will surely face tough questions from reporters regarding Murtha's statement on the surge.

"This could be a real headache for us," said one top House Democratic aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity. "Pelosi is going to be furious."

I'm concerned about how it seems good news in Iraq is bad news for certain Democrats. Is political power the only important thing to them? Why else would their own country's failures please them?

I believe if the shoe were on the other foot, and a Democrat was in the White House and involved in the same Iraq war, many Republicans would hope for failure in this conflict, as well.

It's a discouraging thought.

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