The Democrats insist on being the party of defeat and defeatism. Now they are bent on becoming the party of treason as well. Here's the party chairman Howard Dean:
Saying that the "idea that we're going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong," Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean predicted today that the Democratic Party will come together on a proposal to withdraw National Guard and Reserve troops immediately, and all US forces within two years.
Dean made his comments in an interview on WOAI Radio in San Antonio.
"I've seen this before in my life. This is the same situation we had in Vietnam. Everybody then kept saying, 'just another year, just stay the course, we'll have a victory.' Well, we didn't have a victory, and this policy cost the lives of an additional 25,000 troops because we were too stubborn to recognize what was happening."
Dean says the Democrat position on the war is 'coalescing,' and is likely to include several proposals.
"I think we need a strategic redeployment over a period of two years," Dean said. "Bring the 80,000 National Guard and Reserve troops home immediately. They don't belong in a conflict like this anyway. We ought to have a redeployment to Afghanistan of 20,000 troops, we don't have enough troops to do the job there and its a place where we are welcome. And we need a force in the Middle East, not in Iraq but in a friendly neighboring country to fight (terrorist leader Musab) Zarqawi, who came to Iraq after this invasion. We've got to get the target off the backs of American troops.
Dean didn't specify which country the US forces would deploy to, but he said he would like to see the entire process completed within two years. He said the Democrat proposal is not a 'withdrawal,' but rather a 'strategic redeployment' of U.S. forces.
Imagine that you are an American soldier in Iraq and you hear the leader of the Democratic Party announce that there's no way you're going to win the fight you are engaged in. What effect do you suppose that would have on your morale? What would those words from one of your nation's key political leaders do to your will to fight and your willingness to risk your life one more day in Iraq?
Now imagine that you are an insurgent, a terrorist, and you hear the leader of the Democratic Party say that America can't win and that we need to commence an immediate pullout. What effect would that have on your determination to keep fighting at least until the 2006, and maybe the 2008, elections to see if they bring Democrats back to power. You know that if the Democrats regain political dominance they will quit the war, their leader has said as much. Would you not feel encouraged to stick it out, to keep killing Americans as long as you can, to see if the Democrats prevail?
Howard Dean is undermining our troops and encouraging the enemy. He's either committing treason or he's a fool. When will his party tire of his reckless and irresponsible bombast and show him the door?