But whomever wins in November, we’ve still got a war to fight, and it’s not the time to get wobbly. Setbacks and embarrassments aside, we’ve got boots on the ground over there, and a mission we can still achieve. All the realpolitik thought going around the blogosphere and elsewhere about exit strategies and political transformations short of democratic rule miss the entire point – we went there to ensure our security, and along the way liberate a people – not really because we’re extra special wonderful people, but because doing so would fundamentally change the calculus in a region where the balanced equation isn’t familiar, and make us safer in the long run. Tiptoeing away when the going gets rough will ensure that all those soldiers died in vain, will present an energizing victory to those who deserve it least in Iraq and virtually guarantee that the next front will be fought much closer to home.
I do not want to see Kerry win – but I think if he does – his ideas that he’s proposed about the situation in Iraq aren’t going to fly as well as he thinks they will – they’re simply not going to be able to find a way to bring the UN back into Iraq – and Europe has made it clear, right or wrong, that they’re not coming to this particular dance and will sit things out.
The bottom line is.. we have 135,000 men and women over there risking all that they have – and we’ve got to support them – and the strategy – to the hilt.
If you’re going to oppose this effort, at least be part of the loyal opposition instead of the crazy leftist opposition.