"The Republican-controlled Senate yesterday soundly rejected two Democratic proposals to withdraw troops from Iraq, turning back the Democrats’ argument that there should be a clear policy change in the war.
"Withdrawal is not an option. Surrender is not a solution," said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican. " WT
""They were just looking for a political opening and I think they really messed up," Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, said of the Democrats’ strategy. "People see that things are moving [in Iraq]. This was a good week for Republicans."
Vice President Dick Cheney also criticized the Democrats’ efforts, saying in a CNN interview that "absolutely the worst possible thing we could do at this point would be to validate and encourage the terrorists by doing exactly what they want us to do, which is to leave." " WT
""The only ones who would win by us setting a date certain … is al Qaeda," said Sen. Johnny Isakson, Georgia Republican. "The result of today’s debate sends a strong message to our men and women in the Middle East that the country is behind them."
"A failed state in Iraq would pose a clear, present and enduring threat," said Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican. "We’ve just one choice in Iraq and that is to see our mission there through to victory." " WT
Countries are like individuals in some ways. A man with his "blood up" is going to fight until he is exhausted. We Americans have our "blood up." We are not exhausted. We do not want to lose. We are going to continue to fight until we are exhausted. We are a strong country. Exhaustion will be a long time coming.
We have inserted ourselves into a situation in the Middle East and Central Asia in which we only dimly perceive the outlines. The "locals" have their own axes to grind. Once they are sharp enough they are going to start to use them on each other "with a vengeance." Literally.
Given our current level of emotional "investment" in the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan, I would guess that it will be at least five years before we will have had "enough."
Democrats? Republicans? It won’t make the slightest difference who is in power. These wars will go on until we are through with them.