No matter why a person voted for a Democrat this last election (good guy, great local politician, perfectly honorable record of service, etc) that vote will be construed by MoveOn.org, the Krazy Kos Kids, the loony Left, and the MSM as accepting of US defeat in Iraq.
There's nothing cynical or devious about it; they said it would be taken as such way back when Ned Lamont was considered a serious candidate.
Now the MSM wants to know how the US military will "manage the defeat" in Iraq. The defeat that they themselves, and the Democrats, have worked hard towards, and have accepted as necessary and good. I didn't really want to put in my retirement papers this last August, but when I read stuff like this, I'm happy that I did.