Dear Mr Broder,
As a life-long Democrat, please allow me to inform you that I am not the least bit embarrassed by Senator Reid's admission that the war in Iraq is lost. I am never embarrassed when a politician of any party speaks the truth.
The war isn't just now lost. It isn't being lost. It has always been lost. It was lost from the moment President Bush decided he could get rid of Saddam Hussein and a completely formed, competent, honest, democratic, non-sectarian Iraqi government, accepted and respected by all the people of Iraq, would magically appear overnight to take charge of the country in Saddam's place.
It was lost from the moment the President decided he could have his magic war on the cheap, without committing either the money or the troops necessary to the task.
It was lost from the moment he decided that he would get to have his magic war by lying to the American people about why we had to go to war, how long the war would take, how easy it would be, and what little price we would have to pay in money, time, reputation, blood, and grief.
If you don't accept any of those moments as the moment when the war was lost, then let me propose another, slightly more recent moment, but still a moment that pre-dates Seantor Reid's remarks by over a year.
The war was lost the moment the majority of the American people realized that the President had lied to them, that he and his advisers did not have any idea how to fight let alone win their magic war, and that the President's only definition of "victory" is that he gets to leave office without having to admit that he lied about the war and mismanaged it and in fact lost it.
Actually, I'm not sure that it's correct to use words like "victory" and "lost" when talking about a war that was apparently waged for no other reasons than to stroke a childish President's vanity and allow a corrupt Vice-President's friends to plunder another country.
There is never any victory to be had in disgracing the United States and we the People cannot be said to have lost the private freebooting adventure of a gang of reckless, dishonest, incompetent men.
So, no, I am not embarrassed by Senator Reid. As someone who came of political age during Watergate and a one-time admirer of the Washington Post, I am embarrassed to hear that one of the Post's most distinguished journalists is making stuff up about what the American people think, about what Democrats feel, about what Senator Reid has done and said, all in order to protect his own ego and vanity from the truth of the disaster President Bush has made in Iraq, a disaster he was able to perpetrate with the help of his apologists in the Media, such as you, sir.
Senator Reid owes no one an apology. You owe him one, and you owe us one.