Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Democrats still don't get it

I think Senator Biden's fighting Senator Durbin and DNC Chair Dean for the party's dimbulb award.

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)-[off the wire, no link]-A day after two key senators sharply criticized President George W. Bush's policies in Iraq, Bush defended those policies and asserted they will succeed in rebuilding Iraq into a functioning democracy.

"I think about Iraq every day, every single day, because I understand we have troops in harm's way, and I understand how dangerous it is there. And the reason it's dangerous is because there's cold-blooded killers that will kill Americans or kill innocent Iraqis in order to try to drive us out of Iraq," Bush said Monday.

"We're making progress toward the goal, which is, on the one hand, a political process moving forward in Iraq; on the other hand, the Iraqis (becoming) capable of defending themselves. And the report from the field is that while it's tough, more and more Iraqis are becoming battle-hardened and trained to defend themselves; and that's exactly the strategy that's going to work," he said.

On Sunday, Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., said the administration isn't leveling with the American people on how long U.S. troops will have to remain in Iraq. In particular, Biden took issue with a recent statement by Vice President Dick Cheney that the insurgency is in its last throes.

"It's nowhere near the last throes," Biden said on CBS's Face the Nation, on which he also disclosed he planned to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

"As a matter of fact, it's getting worse, not better" in Iraq, he said.

Biden said that a year ago insurgents were detonating about three car bombs a month. Now, he said, they are detonating 30 a month.

The senator also said the insurgency itself has changed in character. Previously, he said, it was largely dominated by former officials from Saddam Hussein's regime but now foreign jihadists are playing an increasing important role in the fighting.

I've been saying it since the beginning of the war. The whole point is that our liberation of Iraq as a part of the GWOT is that it would remove a dictator that harbored, funded, and armed terrorists and it once the terrorist eradication began it would draw terrorists out of the woodwork from countries all over the region. That is a good thing and I've called it before the flypaper theory. If they want a chance to kill Americans, let's go on the offensive and have them fighting our marines as opposed to being on the defensive and have them killing our civilians. A defensive war would be military searches at airports, national guard patrolling our landmarks, military checkpoints on our freeways, metal detectors at the entrance of all buildings, and bomb sniffing dogs patrolling our business's hallways. If we wage a defensive war, we resign to their superiority, determination, and ingenuity. We simply try to prevent their attacks once they've reached their target.

And in the end, we lose. America didn't become the most advanced & powerful, accepting & tolerant country in the world by letting outsiders dictate our lives, let alone terrorists.

Senator Biden thinks more terrorists entering Iraq means things are getting worse when it really means our plan is working. And Dubya told us about it upfront. He said it would simple military victories in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is restarting Muslim culture and changing their point of view. It is showing them the possibilities offered by a free democratic society in the hope of lighting the fire of liberty and independence in their spirits. It is showing them they can have a passionate religious zeal and a peaceful relationship with other nations around the world.

That doesn't happen overnight or when a oppressive regime falls or when Osama bin Laden is captured. It is a truly ambitious goal and a probably the best way the destroy terrorism: from within.