Thursday, December 01, 2005

The Only Sane Democrat?

On Tuesday The Wall Street Journal published a piece by Joe Lieberman entitled "Our Troops Must Stay." He writies convincingly of the progress being made by U.S. forces in Iraq as part of the broader War on Terror. He correctly describes the conflict there as a war of 27 million versus 10 thousand, the former being the Iraqi citizenry and the latter the terrorists. Iraqi leaders are conscious of their current situation:

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And, I am convinced, almost all of the progress in Iraq and throughout the Middle East will be lost if those forces are withdrawn faster than the Iraqi military is capable of securing the country.
The leaders of Iraq's duly elected government understand this, and they asked me for reassurance about America's commitment. The question is whether the American people and enough of their representatives in Congress from both parties understand this. I am disappointed by Democrats who are more focused on how President Bush took America into the war in Iraq almost three years ago, and by Republicans who are more worried about whether the war will bring them down in next November's elections, than they are concerned about how we continue the progress in Iraq in the months and years ahead.

Lieberman also notes the effect of the Iraq situation on its neighbors, including Lebanon. How sad that Iraq's leaders cannot be sure of our commitment. We are making progress and adapting as necessary. The Democratic party does a disservice to our country when they demand immediate troop withdrawl. Lieberman may be the only one in his party that understands this fully. Read the whole article.

From Foxnews:
The liberal activist group says it's prepared to back a Democratic challenger to Senator Joe Lieberman in the 2006 primary because of the Connecticut Democrat's continued support for the war in Iraq. MoveOn Washington director Tom Matzzie tells the Hartford Courant that the No. 1 question his Connecticut members ask him is "What are we going to do about Joe Lieberman?" Matzzie says if those 50,000 members ask, MoveOn will work to defeat Lieberman over the war issue, adding, "Just like he didn't realize his presidential ambitions were in trouble, he doesn't understand the war in Iraq isn't going anywhere."


At 2:55 PM, Blogger kevin said...

Wow--I am stunned to see a Democrat make a statement that actually shows some support for our president.
After the big President speech, I have heard all the big news agencies getting the Democratic take on the speech...which I think deserves a nomination for the Pelosi award because it is the stupidest thing in the world to ask a democrat what they think of a republican. 99.9% of the time they are not going to show support...if they did it would be the death to their party. There will never be agreement on the two fronts.
I thought the President's speech was makes perfect sense that we don't withdraw early so a volitile place like Iraq can turn into a terrorist state. The money we put forth now to building a secure and democratic Iraq will save tons of money down the road if it were to turn into a terrorist state and we had to go back and overthrow another regime.


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