Democrats in particular and liberals in general - and, no, the overlap isn't perfect, as rightist blather would have you believe - will make a mistake if they don't acknowledge that the increase in U.S. troop strength in Iraq has made a difference for the better.
There is a streak of opinion within the larger ranks of opponents of the Iraq war that, going far beyond the critique asserted by most, seems actually to covet U.S. failure in Iraq as somehow serving America right for the blunder of having gone there in the first place.
That is a malevolent righteousness that properly repels most Americans.
Yes, the polls reflect that a sizeable and apparently hearty majority has arrived at permanent disillusionment with the war, concurring that the premise for it was flawed if not outright phony and that the civilian planning in the Defense Department and the White House was gravely amiss.
Now why would any liberal admit to being wrong. It would break their perfect record for being on the wrong side of history since 1932.