Yeah, Tony Blair is my kind of guy. Strong leadership, confident intelligence, able to open his mind and eyes to see the big picture in the world. Doesn't get better than that. Congrats to his soldiers on the work done in Basra. He's announced his targeted withdrawal plan, if all goes as he hopes, that will be spread out over 2008. I heart Tony Blair.
Contrast true leadership and intelligence with some voices here at home. We have Rep. John Murtha's words after the vote in the House on the non-binding resolution, on his upcoming resolution to be offered: "won't be able to continue. They won't be able to do the deployment. They won't have the equipment. They won't have the training and they won't be able to do the work." The deployment is almost complete by now, I guess he missed that fact. So, I think each and every military family - wives, husbands, fathers, mothers, siblings, children - should let Rep. Murtha know how they appreciate his version of supporting the troops.
According to James Taranto of WSJ online - "Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said Democrats would be "relentless". "There will be resolution after resolution, amendment after amendment... just like in the days of Vietnam," Schumer said. "The pressure will mount, the president will find he has no strategy, he will have to change his strategy and the vast majority of our troops will be taken out of harm's way and come home." So, Schumer is finally showing his true stripes openly. Bush Derangement Syndrome trumps victory and the safety of our country. First he says Bush has no strategy, then insists Bush will have to change his strategy.
Still think it's not all about politics and the Presidency in 2008?
Not hearing much from anyone today after a poll has come out with interesting results. It won't get much coverage because it is contrary to what the media and Dems want to continue to spout but : 57% of Americans want to finish the mission
32% favor timed withdrawal
17% favor immediate withdrawal
There is nothing honorable about leaving too soon. The military has won every battle it has been engaged in. Some early results are promising in the Baghdad area. Even al-Sadr turned tail and ran to Iran on the eve of the new Commander's arrival. Gen. Petraeus wrote the book on counter-terrorism. Let him do his job. Let the military take the gloves off and finish the job. Then get the hell out of there. The Iraqis will have to write their own history.
There is absolutely nothing moral in sending troops into harm's way and then ham-stringing them.
And this tidbit from John Edwards: "Perhaps the greatest short-term threat to world peace, he remarked, was the possibility that Israel would bomb Iran's nuclear facilities." This from a 'Variety' article by Peter Bart. Edwards didn't say the greater threat was the fact that Iran was moving forward on nuclear weapons. No. It's Israel's fault if they decide to protect their nation. Wow. Who's his mentor? Jimma Carter?
I am seeing some interesting signs out there. The primaries and general election are a long way off, in political time. Much will be said between now and then. We'll soon know if the Iraq strategy is successful. One party so indebted to the radical left, so invested in the defeat of their own country, will have questions to answer.
Did they forget they swore to defend and protect the country, hands raised in the air?