PELOSI: REPUBLICANS “LIKE THIS WAR”

Yeah, but my favorite was the cola wars of the 1980's. Those were the days.

Later, she said "I shouldn't say they like the war. They support the war, the course of action that the president is on. And that was a revelation to me because I thought the American people's voices were so—and still are—so strong in this regard." (AP)

Meanwhile, USA Today complained too many Democrats “seem unable or unwilling to admit that President Bush's surge of 30,000 more troops has succeeded beyond their initial predictions. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who in the spring declared the war lost, said last week that "the surge hasn't accomplished its goals." Yeah, it was supposed to fail miserably!

Anti-war Democrats remain fixated on tying war funding to a rapid troop withdrawal. Yet pulling the troops out precipitously threatens to squander the progress of recent months toward salvaging a decent outcome to the Iraq debacle. What's needed is acknowledgment that the surge is achieving what was intended: not complete military victory but enough stability to make political compromise possible. What's missing is Iraqi will to take advantage of the success.” (USA Today)