Here is a short, simple memo to the Democratic candidates seeking their party's nomination for president in 2008.
STOP whining about Republicans "questioning" your patriotism!
The latest is Sen. Barack Obama lashing out at GOPer Rudy Giuliani for questioning his patriotism, which Mr. Giuliani never did.
To quote Sen. Obama, "America's mayor should know that when it comes to 9/11 and fighting terror, America is united. We know we can win this war based on shared purpose, not the same divisive politics that question you patriotism when you dare to question failed policies that have made us less secure." No, Sen Obama, Mr. Guiliani simply said that the United States would be less safe under a Democrat administration.
Those of us that support the present policy of the Bush administration and debate the way the Democrats want to end the war in the Iraq theatre in the War Against Terror do not question whether they are patriotic or not. It is what they want to do that makes us wonder what their strategy is on the War Against Terror. It is whether or not all of this is part of the Lefts general BDS-Bush Derangement Syndrome.
Democrats need to put out their long term stradgedy and let the chips fall where they may. If they want to cut off the funds and end the war, do it now. Explain what sending more troops to Afghanistan will do. Will they tire of that because that is also a civil war between the former Taliban regime and the government of Harmid Karzai?
Stop whining every time a conservative or Republican questions the Democrat policy now and get out in front. If you want to win the war, say so, get a policy that makes sense and run with it.
So, Sen Obama, et al, please do not whine about rightful criticism of what you and the Democrat party advocate in Iraq. Come up with a real policy, not just pullback and hope for the best. It is not a policy and expect a vigorous debate.