Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Surrender at any cost

That seems to be the message of Barack Obama. Apparently, he still thinks it a good idea to attack John McCain for wanting to stay in Iraq and finish what we’ve started. 6-12 months ago, this might have been a good idea. Iraq was on fire and the American Public, whose stores of fortitude have always been lower than the actual Soldiers who are doing the fighting, had decided that enough was enough. Today, with clear evidence that the troop surge has produced results, Al Qaeda on its heels, or flat on its back, in most of Iraq, and violence is at its lowest point in years, the public has largely either renewed their support, or stopped talking about it altogether.

Some people refuse to accept that they could have been so wrong. If you are a democrat, you are absolutely forbidden to say one positive thing about the handling of the war. I’ll give anyone a dollar if they can find me an actual democrat who will admit to progress in Iraq and attribute it to the Republican administration’s policies.
Not that there were any administration officials out on the street with us, but that’s the last thing we want. All we really want is the personnel and equipment necessary to carry out our mission. We’ll do the heavy lifting; just give us the gloves and a dolly.
I saw an article in the NYTimes from September that cast doubt on reports that violence had actually dropped in Iraq. Apparently they were not skeptical at all when violence was high, but now that there is progress being made, it’s all a big C.O.N.Spiracy.

Take my word for it. If you really don’t believe the reports, you have to either believe an eyewitness or go see for yourself. I seriously doubt there will be many liberals going to see for themselves. If they did, they wouldn’t tell anyone. It would ruin their social life if they committed such a grave faux pas.

The first six months over there were as bad as can be imagined. The last 8 months were relatively easy. To leave now when things are finally looking up would be like invading Normandy, driving across Europe, and stopping at the German border.

The hardest part, knock on wood, is over, but only if we keep pressing forward. Iraq is a pot that has just stopped boiling. It wouldn’t take much of a fire to start it boiling again. I would hate to think that we did all this work and lost all these Soldiers so that some liberal/Socialist opinion monger could reverse everything without a thought for the future... or the past.


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Blogger Kendal said...

I'm a liberal, bleeding heart democrat and I'm a full fledged military supporter. I believe that we should finish what we started in Iraq and that a lot of progress has been made, and continues.

You owe me a dollar.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Army Sergeant said...

How about this: I'm a conservative and a member of the military, and I think we should be out of Iraq. Of course violence will temporarily drop anywhere we pour troops in, but that's a temporary fix. We can't sustain this optempo, and there is no lasting political progress. The political progress is the benchmark currently to getting us out.

And what about Anbar?

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