Who are you going to believe? Obama or your lyin’ eyes? Obama, along with the now-dominant left wing of his party, have told us that all is lost in Iraq. That the best thing for us to do is cut our losses and come home, leaving the Iraqis to their own devices. Would that we could.
In stark contrast, the news this spring from Iraq has been rather good. We, meaning us and the Iraqi government, are winning. Charles Krauthammer’s column today lays out, point by point, things that have gone and are going well. What is especially good is that we have essentially driven al-Qaeda from Iraq, killing large numbers of them. Which means they’re not available to be used against us here or elsewhere.
One may argue as to how important any or all of these may be, but the direction is clear: we are, if I may use this word that Democrats seem to hate, winning. Obama and company on the left don’t really want to win, and their number one goal is to quit, pull up stakes and bring our troops home.
I wish we could do just that. I’ve come to despise Iraq and, sorry to say, Iraqis. Even now they are not even close to being our friends. At best they tolerate us because we are there in great numbers and with much greater organization they could ever muster. In short, they have to like us, as long as we provide security for them. As long as they continue to enjoy their unearned oil wealth, monies they should be paying us for liberating their sorry butts from Saddam’s tyranny.
But, as Obama is fond of reminding us, he’s all about 2002, when he voted against the war. Oh, sorry, would have voted against the war. He was in the Illinois state senate at the time, and they don’t get a vote on such things. Well, he’s still against the war. Don’t let the facts get in your way, Barack.
The point is that we can’t change the past. We can only hope to affect the future. And right now, even though it might feel good to do so, we should not leave until the job is done in Iraq. When will it be done?
When the Iraqi government can hold and maintain the entire country without the presence of over 100,000 American troops. When the Iraqi government has a monopoly on the use of armed force. When Iraq is no longer a threat to its neighbors or anyone else.
Then we can leave, with honor. Not now. To leave now would be dishonorable, and demonstrate that America does not keep its promises.