Thursday, September 08, 2005

"This is no time to go wobbly, George."

Margaret Thatcher. August 1990. Different George. Different Iraq. Same worry. Isolationists. Defeatists. And some who just aren't sure any more.

This is for you.

You know why we invaded Iraq in 2003. Saddam, Public Enemy No.2, big thorn in everybody's side, a house of cards desperately in need of a good swift kick. America and our allies on the offensive, knowing there were plenty more snakepits that needed cleaning after Afghanistan, wanting to take the war to the enemy needing a place to do it. Finding Iraq. Asking "if not here, then where?" Knowing all along it had to be somewhere. Deciding that Iraq was at least as good a place as any, and probably a sight better than most. Knowing it would be tough. Doing it anyway, because it was the right thing to do. Sticking with it, because it's still the right thing to do.

We've been in Iraq what, two and a half years? Who really expected us to have won by now? Maybe in those headily optimistic days before the invasion, we did. Wanted it to all go right. Right away. Win Iraq and move on to the next snakepit. Hoped that was the way it would go, and maybe even believed it would. Remember those days?

No, it hasn't all gone well. Of course it hasn't. It's a war. Friction rules the day. Realistically...well, this is what we expected, deep down. We knew it was going to be a long hard slog. We just didn't want it to be. But it is. And we've still achieved far more than we had any right to expect. Iraq is becoming a functional society again. Rebuilding from decades of war. Voting. Having a national debate. Arguing over form of government they should have. Think about that. A people, free to argue. It's not only in America. But in Iraq, it's only because of America.

And after Iraq...somewhere else. Another snakepit, in another corner of the world where evil men would do us harm. Because if we don't face them on their streets, we will surely face them on ours. And we've done that far too often, for far too long.

Defense didn't work. Never has, in truth. Seize the initiative. Take the fight to the enemy.

Stop the war. Win it.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh you Republican ;).

7:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

such a neocon...

4:40 PM  

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