Some thoughts from politicians

Jeff Jacoby:

“We are going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war,” Reid said candidly at an April 12 press conference. “Senator Schumer has shown me numbers that are compelling and astounding.” To which Schumer, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, added: “The war in Iraq is a lead weight attached to their ankle…They are looking extinction in the eye.” He spoke those words, Congressional Quarterly observed, “making no attempt to hide his glee.”…

“Many House Democrats stayed on the floor, reveling in their victory,” reported The Hill on March 23. “House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey and Representative John Murtha hugged each other while a smiling Hoyer shook every hand he could find… Clyburn joked with members as Pelosi kissed and hugged her colleagues.”

Jacoby also said:

there are those who cannot bring themselves to acknowledge the magnitude of the stakes in Iraq or in the larger conflict against radical jihadism. The reality of this struggle — that we are in an existential war with a totalitarian enemy that celebrates death and cannot be appeased — is too bleak and hopeless. They would rather escape into an alternate reality…

When denial serves to advance practical self-interest, you have a very dangerous situation on your hands.

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