Friends on the Hill have been tracking movement in the polls on Iraq since General Petreaus' testimony last week and it turns out that a majority of Americans now say (1) they have a favorable opinion of General Petraeus (I guess that means they were not coninced that he "betrayed" America), (2) they think he has the right plan for Iraq, (3) they approve his recommendations for continuing the struggle against al-Qaeda and Iranian-backed militias, and (4) if he asks for troop levels to remain in place longer, they would approve that.
See also "How the Left Spent It's Summer Vacation" which describes the antiwar fizzle at trying to force an American defeat in Iraq.
The truth is that today's left isn't antiwar so much as they are anti-reality; and, while the American public--like all sane people--want to live in peace, they don't want to surrender to a bunch of Islamic fanatics who are determined to kill them no matter what.
The political left is salivating at the prospect of American defeat and humiliation because that will serve their own ideological agenda. They are so far out of touch, that they don't mind at all that it also serves the jihadist agenda. Both agendas are entirely compatible since they require submission.
Consider Charles Krauthammer's important op-ed yesterday about what likely went down recently in the Syrian desert:
On Sept. 6, something important happened in northern Syria. Problem is, no one knows exactly what. Except for those few who were involved, and they're not saying.
We do know that Israel carried out an airstrike. How do we know it was important? Because in Israel, where leaking is an art form, even the best-informed don't have a clue. They tell me they have never seen a better-kept secret.
Which suggests that whatever happened near Dayr az Zawr was no accidental intrusion into Syrian airspace, no dry run for an attack on Iran, no strike on some conventional target such as an Iranian Revolutionary Guard base or a weapons shipment on its way to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Circumstantial evidence points to this being an attack on some nuclear facility provided by North Korea.
Normal, sane people would raise their eyes to heaven and be thankful that something is being done to curtail the malignantly grandiose ambitions of the Axis of Evil. So, take a look at the comment threads here and here if you want examples of the abnormal pathology of the left, who sees Israel and America as far more dangerous than the peaceful socialist dictators in the fake democracies of Iran and Syria.
Many of the responses are fairly typical of today's leftist mindset, which is so steeped in the pervasive Marxist claptrap that it long ago lost touch with the American public; and willingly abandoned reality on its "progressive" march to absolute power.
In spite of the almost daily neo-Marxist propaganda; the the unbelievable bias and distortion of the MSM; and the regular appeasement of evil and betrayal of freedom exhibited by the left, the majority of Americans are still capable of recognizing reality when it confronts them: