That's what the Posse takes away from this report about insurgent proposals for an American withdrawal from Iraq.
That is to say, John Kerry wants the US to capitulate a full year earlier than the terrorists do. If that isn't cutting and running, what is?
We have reached the bizarre point where the desire of the American left to lose in Iraq outstrips the enemy's willingness to win.
Traditionally, negotiations start with each side offering a settlement that is unacceptably advantageous. These positions are then modified and softened until a mutually acceptable middle ground can be found.
The radical anti-war movement has done one better: it's starting position is one beyond what even the enemy is asking. One would think the insurgents would press for immediate withdrawal and then work their way back to a two-year time frame.
Instead, the immediate withdrawal position was offered by that noted hawk Congressman John Murtha. We presume his "come-down" is the surrender and internment of all US forces in the middle east - or at least the removal of all US forces "west of Okinawa."
The American left is raising the bar on defeatism. One gets the impression that if they were confronted with Hitler's demands for the Sudetenland, they would have offered up the Polish Corridor and Alsace-Lorraine as well.
These people have an amazing emotional investment in seeing American forces defeated. The New York Times' continuing efforts to expose America's anti-terrorist programs - programs they explicitly called for right after 9/11 - is another facet of this.
On a certain level, they need America to vanquished in Iraq. They need terrorist attacks to ripple through the homeland. They are openly urging mutiny and desertion in our military units.
In short, they are hoping for the kind of total collapse that consumed Weimar Germany. Perhaps they still dream of a Marxist takeover, or believe that only a complete governmental collapse will vindicate their prognostications of defeat, but given the balance of forces, the desire of the American left to bring about American defeat is without precedent.