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"The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it."  ~ George Orwell

It is no secret that the Democratic Party is opposed to the war in Iraq, which they supported previously, but claim they were mislead by the Bush administration. Despite having access to the same intelligence, despite issuing bellicose warnings for years about Saddam and despite a clear voting record, they claim they were bamboozled, snookered and scammed. In the real world this would be seen as a remarkably transparent lie. If Republicans were in the same position the clamor from the press would be unceasing. The press, lacking any desire to examine his Democratic Party hypocrisy, blathers on about peripheral issues handed them as talking points and in the process finally puts paid to the claim of media impartiality as guarantors of truth. The only truths they know are the ones they choose to ignore. Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader revealed the Democrat bottom line with his usual incomprehensible style.

“I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and – you have to make your won decisions as to what the president know – (know) this was is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq yesterday.”

“The (Iraq) war can only be won diplomatically, politically and economically and the president needs to come to that realization,” said Reid, D-Nevada.

Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House, had no time to meet with General Patraeus about Iraq, and Democrats tried to prevent him from briefing members saying the schedule was too full until pressure from the other side of the isle forced their hand. If, as they claimed during the General’s confirmation hearing, they wished him success, this is an odd way to show their support. One wonders if she is too busy formulating her “alternate foreign policy.” The briefing will be sure to feature petulant Democrats glancing at their watches. “We support the troops, just not the war” is the consistent theme from Democrat spokesmen. Reid, true to form as a political opportunist let slip the ugly truth; the lives of our troops the safety of our nation and our future in the face of a vicious implacable enemy comes second to petty power politics and the lust for power. We have troops in combat, troops that will die in the next few weeks pursuing a mission we ask them to dedicate body and soul to achieve, a mission Reid voted for, and he tells them it’s lost. This of course is without consultation with the military leaders on the ground. The schedule is far too busy for that.

Let me point out something that has become glaringly obvious about the Democratic leadership to those who care to read between the lines. Harry Reid could care less about the lives of our troops. Nancy Pelosi could care less about the lives of our troops. John Kerry and Ted Kennedy could care less about the lives of our troops; they prefer our enemies. Many in the press, the groupies, and the sycophants of liberal money tree George Soros disdain and condemn those lives. At best they are a means to an end, mere pawns in a political game. To win that game they will sacrifice our national dignity, they will sacrifice our strength, they will sacrifice the honor of our soldiers and they will betray our commitment to our allies. They will blithely betray the trust of those they have told freedom and democracy is their birthright. They have done it before, and they are doing it again.

All this has made the rank and file of active duty and retired veterans very angry, very angry indeed. The betrayals of Vietnam, the death of millions of our allies from that betrayal and false history our children are indoctrinated with in school had left a barely healed wound, one they have reopened. If there is one thing an old GI can do, it’s organize. We can vote, and we do so in large numbers. We are active in our communities and churches. We give to charity generously. We will not let the victories our sons and daughters have fought and died for be squandered. We will not watch them suffer the humility of betrayal and cowardly defeat. We still have some fight in us. It’s time the nation heard our voice.