The shameful story from the New York Post:
THE SENATE'S SHAMEWarner has to go. Maybe they all do. The way Republicans in Congress are trying their best these days to act like Democrats, maybe we should banish them all into exile and start over again.
It's disturbing enough that Democrats have become so hostile to America's efforts to fight terror, particularly in Iraq. But now Republicans ... also seem to be peeking at the polls and going all wobbly on the Iraq campaign.
[A bill introduced by the Republicans] demands that 2006 be "a period of significant transition to full Iraqi sovereignty, with Iraqi security forces taking the lead for the security of a free and sovereign Iraq, thereby creating the conditions for the phased redeployment of United States forces from Iraq."
... [the statement] send[s] a message to terrorists that U.S. resolve is waning. That Americans are tiring of the fight, recoiling from their losses and destined to get the troops out of Iraq — ASAP.
That is, it's just a matter of time for the thugs: If they can just hang on long enough, America will quit — and they'll win.
How sad. It is exactly that kind of wobbliness that encouraged the jihadists to launch their savage war in the first place.
... make no mistake: Iraq is the most important battlefield today in the War on Terror.
Certainly Democrats, many of whom voted to invade Iraq, have been despicable on the subject. Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid bragged about forcing the Senate "to change the policy of the United States with regard to Iraq."
But for the GOP — Frist and Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner ... to go along is truly disheartening.
In the end, the War on Terror won't be dictated by polls or political jockeying, but by facts on the ground. Better that ground be in Iraq — than New York. (link)
Pathetic isn't the word for it.