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Iraq: Debate Is Good

Thursday, 01 December 2005 12:00 AM

Perhaps no one current topic is as polarizing as the war in Iraq. On this topic, passions run deep and opinions are strong. That is as it should be.

When the security of our nation is involved and the lives of our young people are at risk, it is only proper that this nation have a protracted and passionate discussion on the sagacity of our foreign policy.

Debate is good! Dissent may not be the province of America alone, but the right to dissent freely without repercussion is as American as apple pie.

However, if our discourse is to bear fruit it must be responsible. We can't have an honest debate so long as the issues are clouded with hysteria more appropriate to Hollywood science fiction.

Our incursion into Iraq was motivated by the belief that democracy and freedom as opposed to tyranny and instability would lay a foundation of peace that would lead to victory in the war on terror.

That is it in a nutshell and those reasons have not changed. To their credit, more than a few Democrats supported the president. In 2002, Senate Minority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) proclaimed, "Saddam Hussein, in effect, has thumbed his nose at the world community. And I think that the president's approaching this in the right fashion."

That same year on NBC's Meet The Press, New York Senator Hillary Clinton announced: "I can support the president, I can support an action against Saddam Hussein because I think it's in the long-term interests of our national security …"

In an article in Time magazine, former President Bill Clinton articulates rather clearly that in the aftermath of 9/11/01, President Bush had a responsibility to make certain Iraq's chemical and biological weapons didn't fall into the hands of terrorists.

If our president lied then there is a long list of Democratic leaders including Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Howard Dean, John Edwards, John Kerry, and Edward Kennedy that also lied.

In order to achieve short-term political gain, many of these same men and women are now attempting, with some success, to rewrite history.

The White House has only itself to blame. This administration ceded the field of debate and allowed the despicable lie of administration dishonesty and American failure to take root.

They will have a devil of a time now undoing the damage, but the vital interests of this nation and our war effort demand it.

Continuing to stay disengaged from the political debate plays into the hands of the terrorists, who have determined that the battle they must win is the public relations battle here in the United States.

They believe Americans are weak and do not have the stomach for war. If they can wear down American political resolve, victory will be theirs. One of the keys to our ultimate victory, then, is that we maintain the support of the American people.

Clearly, the administration must be honest about the mistakes that have been made in the planning and execution of this war. Not to do so is as irresponsible.

However, there have been tremendous successes and they must trumpet those victories. Once liberated from the oppression of Saddam, Iraqis have held free elections, formed a new government and ratified a constitution.

A sound currency has been established and the Iraqi economy is growing. Vital infrastructure is being restored and Iraqis are growing in confidence and in their ability to police themselves. American lives are not being lost in vain!

Reasonable people may disagree on the wisdom of this war, however, two things are certain: for better or worse we are at war and failure is not an option, and the baseless and false exaggerations that our president lied us into the war only serve to distract us from what we all want, which is ultimate victory and safety.


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