Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Lieberman: Our Troops Must Stay

Hats off to Joe Lieberman (Democratic Senator from Connecticut and former VP candidate) for penning an excellent piece in the WSJ, entitled "Our Troops Must Stay: America Can't Abandon 27 Million Iraqis to 10,000 Terrorists."

It is a war between 27 million and 10,000; 27 million Iraqis who want to live lives of freedom, opportunity and prosperity and roughly 10,000 terrorists who are either Saddam revanchists, Iraqi Islamic extremists or al Qaeda foreign fighters who know their wretched causes will be set back if Iraq becomes free and modern. The terrorists are intent on stopping this by instigating a civil war to produce the chaos that will allow Iraq to replace Afghanistan as the base for their fanatical war-making. We are fighting on the side of the 27 million because the outcome of this war is critically important to the security and freedom of America. If the terrorists win, they will be emboldened to strike us directly again and to further undermine the growing stability and progress in the Middle East, which has long been a major American national and economic security priority.

Senator Lieberman goes on to explain that (1) Yes, we have made mistakes--some quite serious, and (2) Yes, we do have a plan and a strategy. Read the whole thing.