A serious question for conservatives:
Today's New York Post editorial
bemoaning the vote in the House of Representatives on Friday that opposed Bush's esclation in Iraq is strong stuff. Entitled Dems' Disgrac
e, it contains these lines:
[The non binding measure] is an initial step by newly empowered congressional Democrats to completely undermine the war by limiting funds - to deny the troops the beans and bullets they need to win, and to broadcast to America's enemies in the Middle East and around the world that the United States has lost the will to protect itself, and its friends.
... this vote puts the lie to the Democrats assertion that they "support the troops while opposing the mission."
Yesterday's vote was the Democrats' first major move toward defunding the war, handing Iraq over to insurgents and militia - and allowing the sacrifices of some 3,000 American soldiers, Marines and their families to be in vain.
Those sacrifices include that of Long Island's Sgt. James Regan - an Army Ranger and veteran of two tours of duty in Afghanistan - recently killed by a roadside bomb during his second deployment in Iraq.
He was buried yesterday in his hometown of Manhasset - even as Democrats took the first effective steps toward surrender in Iraq.
They dishonored Sgt. Regan.
They dishonored America.
The material quoted above is a taste of what's in store for Democrats down the road. But one statement in the Post's editorial that was eye-catching was this:
The Democratic Party took America down this road once before, in the '70s, and the consequences for the nation and its allies were appalling.
What were the appalling consequences for the nation following the move to get out of Vietnam?
Not the Vietnamese. Not the Cambodians. But the United States.
To answer your question wrt effect on the US; communists stopped being the boogeyman and we have been suckered into fighting a new enemy - the newly formed oil cartel that began charging too much for our oil.