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Quitters

11/28/2005 12:21 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

I’m not going to argue with the Vice President; Representative John Murtha is a patriot and granite on the side of the US soldier. But there are these other nattering nabobs of negativity. They always blame America first. When some Islamist excuse maker claims that “The perception of occupation in Iraq is a major driving force behind the insurgency.” We can’t let—well actually that was George Casey, Commanding General of the Multinational Task Force in Iraq.

OK, but the bad guys want us to think regular Iraqis want us to just leave. The enemies of Iraqi democracy claim, “The great desire of the Iraqi people is to see the coalition forces on their way out.” Alright… that was the elected Prime Minister of Iraq Ibrahim Jaffari.

But whatever Iraqi leaders may think, the important thing is that our American leaders remain resolute and optimistic here at home. We have to send the right messages. So when you’ve got liberals throwing in the towel already, getting on national media saying, “the coalition is not going to defeat the insurgency.” ... To tell the truth, that was Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on NPR.

But at least, every now and then, the press will report some positive news about the spread of democracy. I found this gem from a bit ago in The New York Times: “United States officials were surprised and heartened today at the size of turnout in the election despite a terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting. According to reports from the Capitol, 83 percent of the registered voters cast their ballots yesterday. Many of them risked reprisals threatened by the terrorists. A successful election has long been seen as the keystone in the President’s policy of encouraging the growth of constitutional processes in South Vietnam.”