What the World Thinks Of Democrats

Over the past few years, one of the typical Democrat talking points has been that the world's view of the U.S. has deteriorated sharply, and that we have squandered all of the "goodwill" we had after 9/11. Now that the elections are over and the Democrats have taken control of the House and Senate, what does the world think?

First, in a war like this, it is generally not a good thing when your enemies are encouraged:

“The American people have put their feet on the right path by ... realizing their president’s betrayal in supporting Israel,” the terror leader said. “So they voted for something reasonable in the last elections.”

When your enemy that has sworn to fight until you are obliterated calls the change in power "something reasonable", it sounds more like they are happy because they know the Democrats don't have the stomach to do what must be done.

Then, there are the people that we are protecting in Iraq.

BAGHDAD -- Across the capital Wednesday, Iraqis balanced their hopes against fears about how U.S. policy will change on the ground in the wake of the Democrats' overwhelming victory in congressional elections and U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's sudden resignation.

Rasha Tariq, 23, a college student, said she found herself near tears when she awoke Wednesday morning to the news that the Democrats had won the House and were on the cusp of taking the Senate.

Tariq said she worries the Democrats' victory will mark the beginning of a gradual U.S. pullout from Iraq and the disintegration of what little order is left on the dangerous streets of Baghdad.

"If it was up to the Democrats, we would still be living under Saddam's tyranny," Tariq said in an interview Wednesday in the Sadoun Street shopping district. "I'm afraid that this change is going to affect the American presence in Iraq. I don't want them to leave."

It sounds like Republicans aren't the only ones who know that the Democrats only care about themselves and not what is necessary.

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Yeah, I found the article about the Iraqi al-Qaida endorsement of the Democrats very telling.

Let's hope that public opinion is such that the Democrats find it too risky and unpopular to do a massive pullout. I'm sure they know it would be a mess if we left and they don't want to risk losing the 2008 Presidential election, so I think we have that on our side. Small assurance though.

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