Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Sing, it, Joe!

There's a wonderful piece in the Wall Street Journal this morning from Joe Lieberman (on whom I completely agree with Ralph Peters - how can he remain in the Democratic party?) on the situation in Iraq.

In the face of terrorist threats and escalating violence, eight million Iraqis voted for their interim national government in January, almost 10 million participated in the referendum on their new constitution in October, and even more than that are expected to vote in the elections for a full-term government on Dec. 15. Every time the 27 million Iraqis have been given the chance since Saddam was overthrown, they have voted for self-government and hope over the violence and hatred the 10,000 terrorists offer them. Most encouraging has been the behavior of the Sunni community, which, when disappointed by the proposed constitution, registered to vote and went to the polls instead of taking up arms and going to the streets. Last week, I was thrilled to see a vigorous political campaign, and a large number of independent television stations and newspapers covering it.

None of these remarkable changes would have happened without the coalition forces led by the U.S. And, I am convinced, almost all of the progress in Iraq and throughout the Middle East will be lost if those forces are withdrawn faster than the Iraqi military is capable of securing the country.
What a colossal mistake it would be for America's bipartisan political leadership to choose this moment in history to lose its will and, in the famous phrase, to seize defeat from the jaws of the coming victory.

Amen! Sing it, brother Joe!

The problem is, this is such a self-evidently obvious view, that I can't help but wonder what the John Murtha's and Howard Dean's and Ted Turner's of the world are actually looking at...



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