By Ted Belman
Patraeus and Crocker take the wind out of the sails of the Democratic Party’s ship of retreat and they blew apart the ISG report recommending negotiations with Iran.
Although I didn’t hear any questions dealing with the alleged primacy of ending the Arab/Israeli war, the fact that it wasn’t worth a question is testimony to just how phony the linkage is.
Iran was fingered as uncooperative and deadly. What was clear was that something had to be done about Iran.
Meanwhile, though American’s don’t support the War in Iraq, they do support the War on terror. As Michael Barone wrote
But when it comes to the question of protecting Americans from Islamist terrorists, the Democrats have little to say, or nothing. Democratic candidates have mentioned Islamist terrorism only briefly or, more often, not at all in their several debates. In contrast, Republican candidates in their debates have more to say on the subject. On this issue, it is the Republican candidates who are in line not only with their primary electorate but also with most voters in the general election.
Don’t count out the GOP just yet. They might just ride to power next year on the same security ticket.