Glenn Greenwald has an interesting discussion of a growing movement among conservatives (and Joe Lieberman) to (again) equate dissent with treason:
The Supreme General-Commander has now decreed that any opposition to the "surge" helps The Enemy. Therefore, according to Bush followers -- beginning with the Vice President and moving down -- it is now the solemn duty of every patriotic American, especially those in Congress, to refrain from voicing any objections to the decision made by the Leader and the General. We must merely ask ourselves only one question: how can we lend the greatest support possible to our Leader's glorious plans? Everything else should be cleared away quietly and peacefully from our minds.
Obviously, I agree with Greenwald and disagree with Dick Cheney, who said:
There are a lot of provinces in Iraq that are relatively quiet. There's more and more authority transferred to the Iraqis all the time. But the biggest problem we face right now is the danger that the United States will validate the terrorist strategy, that, in fact, what will happen here with all of the debate over whether or not we ought to stay in Iraq, with the pressures from some quarters to get out of Iraq, if we were to do that, we would simply validate the terrorists' strategy that says the Americans will not stay to complete the task ... that we don't have the stomach for the fight. ... That's the biggest threat right now.
If a strategy can't survive the questions of a few Senators, what chance does it have against LaSabre packed full of explosives?
This drumbeat for obsequious loyalty to party and policy before country reminds me again of the danger of confirming Lt. Gen. Petraeus. Petraeus is on record that the U.S. cannot succeed in Iraq without escalation. He's also on record that opposing escalation is tantamount to treason. Given these statements, it's time for the Senators to decide what they believe. If you disagree with Petraeus, do not vote to confirm him.