Thursday, January 11, 2007
The Die Is Cast
Yesterday’s address from W was exactly as it was billed. W delivered a sobering view of the challenges America faces in Iraq – and more importantly the consequences of a self-inflicted failure.
His speech was long on specifics – details which normally are left to be confronted by those implementing the strategy ordered up by the Commander in Chief. It will be costly. There will be casualties. Americans – and Iraqis – will die.
In all the criticism you will hear aimed at W today by politicians and pundits from both sides of the political spectrum, I seriously doubt any detractor will dwell much on the consequence of a self-inflicted defeat of America in Iraq. The simple fact of the matter is they don’t like to consider that consequence. It doesn’t make for a good 90 second sound byte on Chris Matthew’s Whiffle Ball Show.
Reality seldom does.
If you haven’t seen W’s speech, I recommend you watch the whole thing straight from the source. Don’t settle for MSM excerpts. In the speech I noted one very important shift in strategy:
Succeeding in Iraq also requires defending its territorial integrity and stabilizing the region in the face of extremist challenges. This begins with addressing Iran and Syria. These two regimes are allowing terrorists and insurgents to use their territory to move in and out of Iraq. Iran is providing material support for attacks on American troops. We will disrupt the attacks on our forces. We'll interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq. (Emphasis Added)The Islamofacist Murdering Thugs currently operating in Iraq get their support (man and material) from Iran and Syria. Cut the supply from both countries and the Thugocracy will wither up like ice on the shifting desert sand. Both Syria’s Assad and Iran’s Amandinijad need to ask themselves just how lucky they feel.
W also signaled his willingness to entertain alternatives and improved strategy. I noted with interest his naming of Joe Lieberman as a primary member of “a new, bipartisan working group that will help us come together across party lines to win the war on terror.” I hope there are more Joe Liebermans democrats out there than I think there are.
Can this strategy work? The best answer anyone, W included can give is “probably”. A probable victory is better than a guaranteed defeat any day.
Here endeth the lesson.
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