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Thursday, April 26, 2007

I surrender

According to the Demoncraps that is. I am after all American, and pretty sure I qualify as a people. So this constant refrain of theirs, the "American people" want blah blah blah, must mean they think I want to surrender in Iraq, judging from their strutting, preening and foolish votes of late.

Apparently, leadership in their view, is talking down the United States and our military at every opportunity, ignoring any positive events on the ground in Iraq, having a media that echoes such idiocy and then following the resulting polls.

Never mind that polls also show:

Huge numbers of Americans don’t know jack about their government or politics. According to a Pew Research Center survey released last week, 31 percent of Americans don’t know who the vice president is, fewer than half are aware that Nancy Pelosi is the speaker of the House, a mere 29 percent can identify “Scooter” Libby as the convicted former chief of staff of the vice president, and only 15 percent can name Harry Reid when asked who is the Senate majority leader. (Jonah Goldberg - The Will of the Uniformed)

But we know true leadership requires courage and at times making a stand against strong opposition. If they can't remain steadfast in the face of manufactured polls of the barely informed, we shouldn't be surprised that they choose to run from the enemy, despite the pretty words they try to put around it. As Jonah Goldberg continues in that same article:

...the laziness, spinelessness, and vanity of political elites. Citing polls as proof you’re on the right side of an argument is often a symptom of intellectual cowardice.

As for those who assert that our presence is the cause of the fighting and we need only to pull back, Senator Joe Lieberman puts that matter of blind faith to rest quite well. Be sure to read his entire speech, he makes a number of good points.

My colleague from Nevada, in other words, is suggesting that the insurgency is being provoked by the very presence of American troops. By diminishing that presence, then, he believes the insurgency will diminish.

But I ask my colleagues—where is the evidence to support this theory? Since 2003, and before General Petraeus took command, U.S. forces were ordered on several occasions to pull back from Iraqi cities and regions, including Mosul and Fallujah and Tel’Afar and Baghdad. And what happened in these places? Did they stabilize when American troops left? Did the insurgency go away?

On the contrary—in each of these places where U.S. forces pulled back, Al Qaeda rushed in. Rather than becoming islands of peace, they became safe havens for terrorists, islands of fear and violence.

So I ask advocates of withdrawal: on what evidence, on what data, have you concluded that pulling U.S. troops out will weaken the insurgency, when every single experience we have had since 2003 suggests that this legislation will strengthen it? (Thanks to Cap'n Ed)

Failure in Iraq is failure in the War on Terror. Oops, sorry, I forgot, some politicians think we shouldn't use that term. Well screw them. We are in a global war, Iraq being a central focus, at this time. To run from this enemy, only encourages them. Our enemy has stated that time and again and shown this repeatedly as Joe Liberman so clearly stated.

We only show our soft underbelly, our decadence and inability to stand against adversity if we let these politicians destroy what we've done and still can do in Iraq. President Bush will veto their latest bill of surrender, but Americans need to show these politicians there is a price to pay for their cowardice and political manipulations that endanger this country. The only polls that really matter are election results. Hopefully Americans will wake up and see the danger of the short-sighted cynical games being played by the usual suspects. If they do, hopefully it won't be too late.


Filed Under: Terrorism -- NewsPolitics -- Iraq

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