Q. When is winning a war bad news?
A. When it costs you all the political capital you have invested in defeat.
Following their takeover of the Congress in November 2006, losing in Iraq looked like a sure thing for the Democrats. “Bush’s War” turns out badly, the Democrats regain the White House while solidifying their lead in the Congress.
It looked like a winning bet until very recently. And then, like the fortunes of the Dallas Cowboys against the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving Day 1974, a change in command on the field brings about a change in momentum. (It was a helluva game. Read about it here.)
Hoping America loses a war against a committed enemy so that one’s own political ambitions are furthered is not the stuff of which statesmanship is made. Yet the Democrats put it out there in their own words almost daily. Read all about it.