A ranking Democrat has finally admitted what we all should have realized.

The worst nightmare for part of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid would be victory for the U.S. in Iraq.

In an interview with the Washington Post, James Clyburn, D-S.C., and the House Democratic whip, was asked what his party would do if Gen. David Petraeus reports in September that the surge strategy is working very, very well.

“Well, that would be a real big problem for us, no question about that,” said Clyburn.

Don’t fault Clyburn for admitting the worst news Democrats can hear is that we are beating the enemy on the ground in Iraq, that we are destroying al-Qaida – the very terrorists who attacked the U.S. so dramatically six years ago.

Clyburn is simply being honest – telling us what Pelosi and Reid will simply try to disguise, camouflage and spin to the best of their ability.

But truth is truth, and facts are facts. You know it, and I know it. The party that now controls both houses of Congress has a vested interest in military defeat for the U.S. in Iraq. There is simply no other way to say it. And that is a scary and sobering reality.

The three front-running candidates for the presidency on the Democrat side are also deeply invested in victory for al-Qaida. Think about what I am saying.

Has this ever happened before in American history?

Well, yes it has.

It was the case in 1972 when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and Sen. George McGovern, the father of the modern Democratic Party, was the candidate for the White House.

Those were gloomy times – with a corrupt, megalomanical president fighting a war with no intention of winning, a Democrat-controlled Congress hell-bent on defeat and retreat, and a radical socialist as America’s political alternative.

Yet, the enemy we faced in Vietnam was not really a threat to follow us home. True, the enemy was part of a growing international anti-American, Communist empire, but cutting and running in Vietnam would only mean a loss of prestige for the U.S. and the deaths of millions of innocents in Southeast Asia.

America would recover, though it would take bold new leadership eight years later in the form of Ronald Reagan.

But defeat in Iraq – a critical battlefield in a global war with Islamo-fascism, a war that has already come home – would be far more devastating to our national security.

Quite honestly, we might never recover from such a defeat.

That’s why this admission from Clyburn, this confirmation of what we suspected all along about the Democrats, is so significant. The worst news Democrats could hear is that the forces of good are triumphing in Iraq.

I don’t know if this is a precipice from which there is any return for the party of Pelosi and Reid. These are turncoats in the truest form of the word. These are people who are secretly – and, now, not so secretly – praying for, hoping for and acting in the best interests of victory for Osama bin Laden and his cohorts who would chop off their heads just as fast as they would chop off yours and mine.

Imagine political power meaning so much to you that you would sell out your own country – perhaps even the very lives of your children and grandchildren – to retain it, consolidate it, expand it.

That’s what it is all about with the party of Pelosi and Reid. It’s not about ideology. It’s not that they like al-Qaida or Islamo-fascism. But they do have enough disrespect for their nation that they would tolerate – even welcome – more death, more carnage, more crisis, more Sept. 11s.

I fear for our nation’s future.


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