BUSH’S HUGE VICTORY 3.16.09 IBD
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By Allan Erickson
It is easy to be outraged these days given the insanity flying around in so many sectors. Few people enjoy being outraged. For many it is simply unavoidable.
For those of us whose sons and daughters went to war during the last six years—the moms and dads and sisters and brothers who waited on tenterhooks for months and years—our outrage is personal.
While we prayed and waited to learn if our loves ones would come home safely, and while many learned of their deaths, we had to listen to politicians and others call their mission and their President immoral, all the while predicting doom and advising retreat.
The current occupant of the White House participated in this despicable charade, this vicious political atrocity.
He agreed with the vitriolic anti-American slander merchants who undercut our sons and daughters.
He encouraged the lies and devastating rhetoric.
He denigrated the Commander in Chief.
He encouraged the ‘insurgency’ and foreign fighters from Iran and Al Qaeda and other terrorists who came to Iraq to destroy that fragile democracy and murder our sons and daughters. He opposed the Surge, denied its success, and remained entrenched in campaign rhetoric contradicting events on the ground.
He joined the likes of John Murtha and Harry Reid and Al Gore and John Kerry and Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin and so many others in damning our military, condemning our President, and extending the carnage in Iraq by giving hope to the terrorists fighting against freedom in that sad country.
REMEMBER: all these men made statements throughout the 90s and well into the new century claiming unequivocally that Saddam was an international threat, a developer of WMD, a state sponsor of terrorism, a threat to world peace, and a direct threat to the United States.
All of these men—throughout the 90s and into the new century—had full access to intelligence briefings, knowing full well what was being done and why. And all of these men encouraged aggressive responses to 9/11, including the use of force against Saddam, and all these so-called men turned tail and ran when the political landscape heated up.
To the ‘man,’ only two words apply: cowards and traitors.
What a difference a year makes.
A short time ago Iraqis went to the polls and voted for moderation, secularism, democracy, freedom and true hope. Few disagree with the assertion Iraq is won, America did what was necessary, America has done all she can, and from now on it is largely up to the Iraqis themselves. America poured blood and treasure into a new hope of freedom and prosperity for the Iraqi people, and they appear to be making the most of it.
The Bush Doctrine, far from being narrowly defined as preemption, was and is broadly defined as taking the fight to the terrorists, protecting the homeland, and helping to establish a democracy in the heart of the Middle East. Bush himself said it was a gamble and it would be a hard slog. Indeed, a slog made harder by the traitors among us. He told us straight up it might fail. And he told us if it succeeded it would mean a dramatic turnaround not only for the Iraqis, but for all freedom-loving people. It would mean the beginning of the end of extremism in the Arab world, ushering in the potential for a new era of peace and security not only in that region, but globally. Indeed.
These outcomes, once thought improbable, are miraculous, and they’ve come about thanks to the courage of our military and a President standing almost alone in the face of vicious attacks daily during the course of years.
The miracle is something every American should be proud of, something every American should celebrate along with the Iraqi people.
Where is the celebration? Where are the ticker-tape parades? Where is the current President with proclamations of victory for freedom’s sake? Where are our political leaders saluting the flag and our military and shouting “Job Well Done!”?
The news media ignores the miracle because to acknowledge it would be an acknowledgment of their partisan participation in the vicious anti-war charade. They must hold out hope for defeat to have any hope of retrieving their tarnished image. They must grumble about Gitmo and alleged torture * and rendition and Abu Ghraib to provide cover for the fact they have been entirely wrong about Bush, this war, our troops and this mission. They must promote never-ending foreboding, for the alternative is an admission of guilt and betrayal and sedition.
And our ‘honored’ leaders, including the current President?
They hold hearings, release terrorists our soldiers died capturing, close Gitmo, escalate in Afghanistan with no strategy and no exit strategy, launch secret missile strikes from Pakistani soil, insult our allies, threaten to investigate Bush, and suggest investigations into the CIA. Why? Political cover, political theater, CYA. Very little has changed in terms of policy from the last administration to this, and yet, the voices from the Left have calmed, and the news media continue praising the President. Apparently all that quells the fever of the Left and the media is Obama coolness and celebrity. So long as Obama is popular he can do no wrong. Once the glitter fades, he’ll be fed to the mob as well.
And so the President, addressing Marines this week, seeming to laud their valor and the courage of their comrades, fails to give Bush any credit, fails to rally American pride as any leader worth his salt would do, fails to encourage our Iraqi allies, fails to acknowledge his own error, fails to acknowledge the miraculous developments for freedom and peace in Iraq, and tries, rather, to promote his image as the lone voice of reason in the face of a ‘misguided war.’
Our sons and daughters bled and died and prevailed Mr. President, bringing victory and honor and pride back home, and all you can do is promote your Presidency, a presidency founded on lies, anti-American propaganda and the denigration of the American military.
Our outrage is personal, very personal, and simply, unavoidable.
Iraq: Good News Is No News
By Charles Krauthammer
February 13, 2009
Preoccupied as it was poring over Tom Daschle’s tax returns, Washington hardly noticed a near-miracle abroad. Iraq held provincial elections. There was no Election Day violence. Security was handled by Iraqi forces with little U.S. involvement. A fabulous bazaar of 14,400 candidates representing 400 parties participated, yielding results highly favorable to both Iraq and the United States.
Iraq moved away from religious sectarianism toward more secular nationalism. “All the parties that had the words ‘Islamic’ or ‘Arab’ in their names lost,” noted Middle East expert Amir Taheri. “By contrast, all those that had the words ‘Iraq’ or ‘Iraqi’ gained.”
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki went from leader of a small Islamic party to leader of the “State of Law Party,” campaigning on security and secular nationalism. He won a smashing victory. His chief rival, a more sectarian and pro-Iranian Shiite religious party, was devastated. Another major Islamic party, the pro-Iranian Sadr faction, went from 11 percent of the vote to 3 percent, losing badly in its stronghold of Baghdad. The Islamic Fadhila party that had dominated Basra was almost wiped out.
The once-dominant Sunni party affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and the erstwhile insurgency was badly set back. New grass-roots tribal (“Awakening”) and secular Sunni leaders emerged.
All this barely pierced the consciousness of official Washington. After all, it fundamentally contradicts the general establishment/media narrative of Iraq as “fiasco.”