And Your Plan Is?
I have problems with the three forerunners in the race for the Republican primary, but the one thing I am glad about is their solidarity concerning the war in Iraq. In spite of any misinformation that led to our initial involvement, we’re there. We have troops on the ground and a teetering Iraqi government. We cannot withdraw this week or probably even before the 2008 election.
Do those politicians who are attempting to force the President’s hand by cutting funds for the war or setting dates for withdrawal have a plan? If we leave Iraq prematurely, that area will become a center for terrorists with a grudge against America. America cut out of Vietnam early, another retreat will only embolden the enemies of our country. And to be pragmatic that area of the world is important to us: oil. It would be nice if we weren’t dependent on it, and we should be working towards this goal, but we are not there yet.
The Iraqi people will also suffer. Saddam was not convicted and executed for no reason and the Al-Qaeda or a radical Islamic group posed to jump in after our retreat will not be an improvement.
How can anyone argue with Lieberman, who I don’t love by any measure, and his statement over the 170 Iraqi civilians killed in suicide bombing last week? “If such an atrocity had been perpetrated in the United States, Europe or Israel, our response would surely have been anger at the fanatics responsible and resolve not to surrender to their barbarism.”