The Democrats are looking for a unified message on Iraq. It is understandable that many of them are running from Howard Deanís comment that the war is ďunwinnable.Ē After all, what vote-getter wants to defend saying that America is a loser?
This political problem is not all that complicated. Hereís the solution that marries the common sense and reality of what Dean said with the political need to call America a winner: we need to set a timetable to get out soon, not because we canít win, but because we already did win. We ousted Saddam, oversaw a couple of elections and a constitution, donated billions of dollars and thousands of lives to the Iraqi people; now, our work there is done. It ended in victory: we gave the Iraqi people freedom and a chance a setting up a decent country.
What more do we owe Iraq? Nothing. Despite the presidentís awful and nearly criminal mismanagement of the war, and despite the fact that the president lied to get us into the war, our troops won. Why does stubborn old Bush want to stay and re-fight a conflict that our troops already won?
Bottom line: donít just leave. Declare victory and leave.