Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A Different Kind Of Surge

....the one in reviving public support for the war:

Americans’ support for the initial invasion of Iraq has risen somewhat as the White House has continued to ask the public to reserve judgment about the war until at least the fall. In a New York Times/CBS News poll conducted over the weekend, 42% of Americans said that looking back, taking military action in Iraq was the right thing to do, while 51% said the United States should have stayed out of Iraq....

Support for the invasion had been at an all-time low in May, when only 35% of Americans said the invasion of Iraq was the right thing and 61% said the United States should have stayed out....

[T]he number of people who say the war is going “very badly” has fallen from 45% earlier in July to a current reading of 35%, and of those who say it is going well, 29% now describe it as “somewhat well” compared with 23% just last week.
This is, of course, (1) a left-wing poll and (2) the survey population was "adults," so to make it politically relevant you probably have to move these numbers at least 10% to the right. But it's the trend that is noteworthy, and that's being driven by talk radio and the blogosphere, and the Bushies finally utilizing the new mainstream media to bypass their fringe Enemy Media competitors to get out the truth about what's going on on the ground in Iraq. And that's that the "Surge" is working.

Is it any wonder that Dems are so indiscretely eager to re-impose the Goebbels Doctrine? If the Donks can't stampede weak-kneed 'Pubbies into pulling the plug on the war in September, and General Petraeus' "Joint Campaign Plan," which would keep the "Surge" rolling for another two years, gets implemented, what happens to the antiwar-fueled left-wing political "surge" that began last November and seeks to roll right back to the White House and total power? How does a party that has gone so conspicuously far out on the defeat/retreat limb possibly get back to the mainstream trunk and be taken seriously in the event of victory in Iraq? To say nothing of the circumstances that will create for our other enemies on Iraq's borders that may force their hands on escalating their proxy war against us? Can even Hillary Clinton pilot a Donk ticket bearing the standard of pacifist pathology characterized by her likely running mate to victory in even one "red" state if that poisonous ideology is rendered malodorously irrelevant by a turn of events positive for everybody but her and her despicable bottom-dwelling comrades (and, you know, al Qaeda and Iran)?

GOP congressional poobahs aren't paying much attention to any of this, but top-tier Republican presidential candidates sure as hell are. Before it's all said and done, that may make the difference between victory and survival for our country as we have known it.