Led by Harry Reid and Joe Biden, Democrats are whining that President Bush is painting a rosy picture of Iraq. While it’s true that he’s pointed to the successes of the surge, it’s absurd to think that he’s painting an unjustifiably rosy picture of what’s happening in Iraq. Here’s what Joe Biden said about President Bush:

Senator Joseph Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee told reporters that Bush’s logic on the Iraq war was flawed, but a key House of Representatives Republican leader backed the president.

“It’s been (Bush’s) misguided policy and his mismanaged war that have actually fueled extremism and extremists in Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond,” Biden said. “The president, in my view, likes to confuse the American people by conflating Iraq, Al-Qaeda in Iraq, with the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11.”

Slow Joe isn’t the only Democrat to allege that President Bush’s prosecution of the war has created more extremists or terrorists. In fact, it’s difficult to find a Democrat not named Lieberman who doesn’t take that position. Thus far, I haven’t heard anyone offer proof or statistics that that’s happening. In fact, I can’t think of a single Democrat that’s offered even anecdotal evidence to support their claims.

The more I think about it, the more I believe that allegations like what Slow Joe just made aren’t based on verifiable facts. Think about it this way: If you knew of a study from a think tank that researched whether the Iraq war had created more terrorists, wouldn’t a Joe Biden state that as the basis for their allegations? Wouldn’t such a study from a respected think tank like the Brookings Institution strengthen or validate their case?

Senate Majority leader Harry Reid accused Bush of pursuing a bankrupt strategy in Iraq as “Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda grow stronger.” “Most Americans, and a bipartisan majority in Congress, believe this strategy is not in our national interest and the time for a major change in strategy is now.”

Sen. Reid, if a “bipartisan majority in Congress” believe that the President’s surge strategy isn’t in our national interest, why hasn’t funding for the war been cut off yet? Furthermore, what’s the basis for Sen. Reid’s claim that “Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda” are growing stronger?

Not only don’t they lack evidence or even a study that proves their theories as being valid, they’re now claiming that President Bush is painting a rosy scenario. Again I ask “Based on what”? What statements can they specifically point to? For that matter, can they point to any specific statements that prove their point?

“The most important and immediate way to counter the ambitions of Al-Qaeda and Iran and other forces of instability and terror is to win the fight in Iraq,” he said in Nevada.

How is this debatable? President Bush didn’t say that Iraq is the only place where al-Qa’ida must be defeated. He simply said that defeating al-Qa’ida in Iraq is a big part of their mission.

At the end of the day, their whining is nothing more than annoying chatter.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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