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The tipping point

By Carol Devine-Molin
web posted August 6, 2007

Wait a minute! Am I now to believe that we can win the war in Iraq after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has repeatedly advised Americans that the war is lost? In fact, "pull out now, the war is lost" has been the ongoing mantra of the Democrat Party and the entire gaggle of Left-wingers that are antiwar, and, although they are loath to admit it, anti-troop.

So it came as a bit of a shock when none other than the New York Times published a piece entitled "A War We Just Might Win", authored by Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack, both scholars from the Left-leaning Brookings think tank, which stated: "Here is the most important thing Americans need to understand: We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms. As two analysts who have harshly criticized the Bush administration's miserable handling of Iraq, we were surprised by the gains we saw and the potential to produce not necessarily "victory" but a sustainable stability that both we and the Iraqis could live with." 

Excuse me for being somewhat cynical, but something does not compute here. Of course I realized that our troops were making headway in Iraq, but I never expected these Big Media Leftists at the Times to admit it. They had been thoroughly committed to defeat in Iraq or maybe the operative words are "had been". Moreover, these Leftists never gave a rat's patoot that they were demoralizing our troops and giving aid and comfort to the enemy.  That being said, it's vital to realize that: a) the mainstream media (MSM), with the New York Times notably at the head of the pack, is essentially a subsidiary of the Democrat Party, and b) the media is the chief surrogate of the Democrat Party and its propaganda mouthpiece.

The O'Hanlon/Pollack column further indicated: "Today, morale is high. The soldiers and marines told us they feel that they now have a superb commander in Gen. David Petraeus; they are confident in his strategy, they see real results, and they feel now they have the numbers needed to make a real difference."

Amazingly, the entire article is a testament to the emerging successes of the Iraq surge and the terrific job being accomplished by our military under the command of General David Petraeus, the renowned counterinsurgency expert. It's also extremely notable that the Sunnis have had enough of al-Qaida atrocities, and they're joining forces with coalition troops to rid Iraq of al-Qaida scum.  Now what am I to think about this new proclivity of the New York Times – considered among the vanguard of the MSM - to report the improving circumstances in Iraq?  

My little antennae went up upon reading this piece, and I have to think that other political enthusiasts have come to a similar conclusion.  I suspect that former president Bill Clinton is maneuvering behind the scenes on behalf of his wife, Senator Hillary Clinton, who will undoubtedly be the Democrat presidential candidate. Love him or hate him, it's not exaggeration to say that Bill Clinton is the best political strategist bar none – In the political realm, the man is a modern day Houdini. As to the Clinton partnership, they're the number one "power couple" of the Democrat Party. The party might as well change its name to the Clinton-Democrat Party since Bill and Hillary call the shots. That being said, the Clintons also hold tremendous sway with the left-leaning media, which will continue to provide invaluable assistance to Hillary in her presidential run. 

Since the media had been suppressing the good news coming out of Iraq in support of the Democrats in Congress, what's changed?  For one thing, it's becoming increasingly difficult for the media to downplay successes in Iraq, in light of family and friends hearing directly from the soldiers in the war theater, and the accurate information being disseminated by the "new media" and foreign media.  More importantly from the perspective of the Clintons, since it's a fait accompli that Hillary will be running in the general election, it's necessary for her to start moving toward the middle on Iraq. Hillary will want to be viewed as a serious player in the arena of national security.  And more favorable media coverage of Iraq will certainly bolster Hillary's newly acquired centrist stance. Let's see if the Net Root Kooks and the other far Left fringe elements can contain themselves in deference to Hillary, given their desire to see the Left recapture the White House.

In fact, let's stipulate that the entire Left-leaning political spectrum is fairly united in this quest to elect a Democrat as president in 2008. The Barack Obama faction will be assuaged once he's added to the ticket as Hillary's running mate. However, the greatest challenge will be for the Congressional leaders such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who have seemingly painted themselves into a corner by their steady drumbeat of negativity on Iraq.  Now that they've lost the cover provided by the media, how will they ease out of their far Left positions on Iraq? They'll manage. Reid and Pelosi are professionals that are adept at finessing situations. In reality, Bill Clinton has saved them from themselves. Congressional Democrats were poised to McGovernize their party once again. ESR

Carol Devine-Molin is a regular contributor to several online magazines.


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