Former Clinton Counsel gives anti-war Democrats the finger

Former Clinton White House Counsel Lanny Davis, who now is a political contributor to Fox News, wrote a surprising commentary recently admitting that the Bush surge in Iraq is working.

In the commentary Davis recalled seeing an older woman holding up her purple finger, after voting, and smiling in the midst of carnage. The Iraqi voters had their fingers dyed purple to indicate that they had voted.

Davis’ reaction was “Wow, I thought. Is it possible I was wrong?” And he actually voiced the Bush Neo-Con doctrine about the war in Iraq, “Maybe another democracy, however imperfect, other than Israel in the Middle East could lead to more moderation, possibly other democracies? Democracies that could serve as bulwarks against Al Qaeda-type of terrorist states?”

Finally Davis stated that “The surge did, in fact, lead to a reduction of violence, confirmed by media on the ground as well as our military leaders.”

How will the Democrats react to Davis’ commentary? It is clear that the surge IS working. But what does that mean? This war is not popular. We want out of Iraq – and the Iraqi government wants us out too. There is little doubt that we will be out, perhaps by 2010, regardless of which presidential nominee wins. But will history look back at this misguided war kindly? Will the Bush legacy actually be restored?

Will American voters reward John McCain for being a Bush loyalist on the war, or Barack Obama for steadfastly opposing it?

And has working for Fox News given Davis a more conservative outlook?  He has never sounded like this before!


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