The Iraq Dilemma

If we leave, the terrorists will have won. That was the gist of a speech given by President Bush Tuesday when he said, “It is dangerous in Iraq because there are some who believe that we are soft, that the will of the United States can be shaken.”

However, the idea that we must not concede to terrorists has been lost on some Democrats who would rather point fingers than offer a solution of their own. One such vocal Democrat is none other than presidential candidate Howard Dean.

"I am fed up with the President's efforts to paint a rosy picture when the situation is so grim," Dean said Tuesday. "[T]his Administration is doing everything it can to lead the American public to believe that we are on the right path. We are not."

So is Bush lying about the situation in Iraq? According to Georgia Congressman Jim Marshall he isn't.

"Our news coverage disproportionately dwells on the deaths, mistakes and setbacks suffered by coalition forces," he said after visiting Iraq earlier this month. "Falsely bleak Iraq news circulating in the United States is a serious problem for coalition forces because it discourages Iraqi cooperation, the key to our ultimate success or failure, a daily determinant of life or death for American soldiers."

Also know that Congressman Marshall is a Democrat. If only the rest of his party would listen.

What the terrorists want is precisely for us to leave Iraq before setting the foundation for democracy. Islamic fundamentalism cannot thrive within the openness of democracy, and should we leave now, the nation will revert back to authoritarian rule. Furthermore, a perceived win by terrorists will embolden their followers to seek ever more retaliatory measures after viewing the success of sustained terrorism.

Granted, the picture in Iraq is not rosy. But the Bush administration has never said such a thing. They just want the good to be reported along with the bad, and to remind the American people that worse things will come if we leave now. Failure is not an option.

Posted by Deleted Author at October 31, 2003 3:53 AM