The Democrats do not grasp that they are in intellectual and moraltrouble. They can no longer say that more troops in Iraq will nothelp. They did. As Clive Crook wrote in this morning's FT (an anti-warcolumnist in an anti-war paper), "Up to now, Democrats have beenstinting in their recognition that the situation in Iraq hasimproved...That is the wrong posture They need to celebrate the success, aslong as it lasts, as enthusiastically as the Republicans. They also needto stop harrying the administration with symbolic war-funding measuresdemanding a timetable for rapid withdrawal, as though nothing has changed."
The last line in his column is devastating: "And suspicion that they arerooting for defeat in Iraq could sink them."
This article echoes my Spine from early this morning, "The Democrats,Hoping for Defeat."