The incomparable Bill Gertz at the Washington Times published very revealing anecdote in his regular column "Inside the Ring" yesterday. Gertz interviewed Marine Corps Cpl David Goldich, a veteran of two tours in Iraq and 300 combat patrols about the effect of the Democrat's anti-war antics on troop morale at the front. Gertz wrote that Cpl. Goldich,
stated in a candid account that negative comments by Democrats had "a dramatic effect on morale, especially on troops who are otherwise indifferent and disdainful of politics in general."
"I cannot tell you how many times I have overheard Marines and soldiers talking about various inconsiderate comments made from the likes of [Sen.] John Kerry [Massachusetts Democrat], [Rep. John P.] Murtha [Pennsylvania Democrat], [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid [Nevada Democrat], and [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi [California Democrat] about how we cannot win, how we should be brought home, etc.,"
"The Kerry comments really cemented his reputation with the troops and upset people more than anything else. It is unnerving to volunteer for service during wartime hoping to be deployed and having to listen to a politician explain how the troops need to come home, especially when we clearly have about not finished what we started."
"There is a widespread perception amongst the Marines I know, even those uninterested in politics, that the Democratic Party does not want us to win in Iraq for whatever reason. This is true even amongst Democrats who still maintain the party viewpoint on almost every other issue but the war. Morale is always a tricky issue to deal with, and it is difficult to tell a Marine to buck up when he sees important people back home undercutting his primary reason for existing at the moment."
I guess all the Democrat's talk about supporting the troops is just that- talk. The Democrats are going to have to face the voters with the reputation of destroying morale to secure their own country's defeat. Not a highly defensible position