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The Will To Win


Over at The Corner last night, Jonah Goldberg and Kathryn Jean Lopez seemed alternately perplexed and peeved that Pelosi and the Democrats wouldn't stand for particular parts of the president's speech.

Goldberg is surprised that this Bush point wasn't met with a big ovation:

This is not the fight we entered in Iraq, but it is the fight we are in. Every one of us wishes that this war were over and won. Yet it would not be like us to leave our promises unkept, our friends abandoned, and our own security at risk. Ladies and gentlemen: On this day, at this hour, it is still within our power to shape the outcome of this battle. So let us find our resolve, and turn events toward victory.[My italics]

Maybe the Dems didn't stand because this is a ridiculous and harmful idea that is perpetrated by the right every time a war isn't going well. Yes, I hope we succeed in Iraq and establish a democracy there. But I'm glad the Dems aren't applauding a line of reasoning that is not only misguided and wrong, but ends up leading us into more ill-conceived wars.

--Isaac Chotiner

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