Do the Democrats want America to win?
"This war is lost, and this surge is not accomplishing anything, as is shown by the extreme violence in Iraq this week. "
...Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader last Thursday.
Why are Democrats so eager to claim defeat?
Well that is the way, democracies work. Votrepreneurers (politicians) on both left and right must always portray their opponents as failures. Since this war was started by a Republican President at a time when both Houses of Congress were controlled by Republicans, a defeat of Bush's war aims would be a political victory for them.
It does not matter one whit to them if their country loses. In fact, if America loses Reid wins. Of course, by claiming defeat for their political opponent, Bush and their own country, they are also taking a risk. What if Bush (and America) wins?
Then it would look bad for the Democrats. That is why perception is so important. It does matter if Bush got rid of a potential threat, Saddam Hussein, who has been oppressing his people. It does not matter if violence is declining since the surge in troops. As long as there is a bomb blast somewhere, the Democrats will happily claim defeat. An American defeat is bad for America but they don't care.
If they succeed in getting a premature American withdrawal, Iraq will end up in Civil War. Eventually, some thug will emerge on top of the heap and he is likely supported by Iran who will then impose an Islamic state in Iraq - just like an American withdrawal from Vietnam led to a Communist state in Vietnam. That can't be good for America nor the rest of the world. Remember, this is a war between two ideologies - democracy and Islamism. America champions the first and thugs like Osama bin Laden and Ahmedinijad champrions the latter.
But Reid's main priority is to make Bush look bad and not winning the war. Remember, what votrepreneurers are most concerned about is what is good for themselves and that means winning elections. What is good for them may not be good for the country.
Watch them play with words and move the goal posts. See how they will define defeat or victory. Both Republicans and Democrats will quarrel on where to put the goal posts. But you can't blame votrepreneurers. Its just the way the system works.
That is why I think democracy, though the best system of government, needs reformation. There must be a way of aligning the politicians' personal interests with that of the country they claim to serve.