Right-wing pundits were provided with the facts from the Secretary of Defense and the chair of the Joint Chiefs -- debate in congress about the war being waged in Iraq does not demoralize troops and provides clear examples of how our nation is meant to conduct itself.
"Pace and Gates said they did not think debate in Congress would hurt the morale of troops in combat, undercutting an assertion by many congressional Republicans that members opposing the war were undermining the fighting forces there.
As long as this Congress continues to do what it has done, which is to provide the resources for the mission, the dialogue will be the dialogue, and the troops will feel supported," Pace said."
It's plain if someone does not underestand this fundamental action of open debate, they do not understand or appreciate our basis of government. Period.
More coverage of their testimony is here
In related news - something which does harm U.S. efforts in Iraq: War Profiteering.
Five people, both civilian and military, have been indicted on bribery charges related to the funneling of millions meant for reconstruction projects in Iraq.
"The 25-count indictment charged U.S. Army Col. Curtis Whiteford, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Debra Harrison and Lt. Col. Michael Wheeler, and civilians Michael Morris and William Driver. Whiteford once was the second most senior official at the Coalition Provisional Authority for the South Central Region in Iraq, while Harrison was its acting comptroller. Wheeler was an advisor for Iraqi reconstruction projects."
Also, more oversight from the House Democrats provides contract records that had been reported "missing". Details are in this post from "Facing South."