December 08, 2005
Democrats: We Won Iraq

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.

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Posted by Wayne Uff at December 08, 2005 06:19 AM
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Why not? We lied our way in, why not lie our way out?

It seems to me that the better thing to do would be to declare the adventure a miserable failure and get out. Of course, politicians being what they are, they won't do it.

Posted by: Buck on December 8, 2005 11:50 AM

this is why the present day debate about this Iraq fiasco is so critical

the Republicans (corporate-capitalist slaves) and Democrats (corporate-capitalist slaves) are turning this into a Repubs versus Dems debate

the debate should be about the United States foreign (and domestic) policy and not about partisan politics (noting that both parties really have more in common than differences)

Posted by: DDoubleSStandard on December 8, 2005 12:22 PM
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