…new cracks in Bush's support base have begun to show. In the past two weeks, three Republicans — Sens. Richard Lugar, George Voinovich and Pete Domenici — have announced they can no longer support Bush's Iraq war strategy and have called on the president to start reducing the military's role there. [link]
The actions of these three Senators, along with those of the Democrats, are encouraging Zawahiri. Consider this excerpt from his latest video tape:
“I speak to the Muslim Ummah today as the battles which it is waging against its enemies are raging and as it moves from one victory to another, with Allah’s help and power, and its enemies retreat in front of it and as the good omens of the new dawn of victory have begun to loom on the horizon, with Allah’s permission and will. And the stage preceding victory is normally in the history of nations the stage in which there is most seen an increase in conspiracies, plots, and inciting of discord in an attempt by the enemy, who has begun to see his defeat approach to push back and delay the defeat as much as he can.” [link]
Clearly, Zawahiri thinks of us as being weak; as not having the will to prevail in a prolonged conflict. And, why shouldn't he? Our politicians, beginning with the Democrats and continuing on to weak-kneed Republicans, have long been signalling willingness to retreat from Iraq. And, if Iraq, could Afghanistan be next?