Saturday, December 30, 2006

Saddam Is Dead

Now that Saddam Hussein is dead, I think we should refocus on why we are in Iraq to begin with. Despite the tin foil hat crowd’s belief in a Halliburton-Knights Templar conspiracy, we are in Iraq to ensure the security of the United States and our interests. Yeah I know, there were no WMDs found, but if you think that meant Hussein’s Iraq was harmless you must be willfully gormless or hopelessly na├»ve.
To abandon the nascent Iraqi government with a foreign insurgency raging would not serve our national interest, short or long term. The cut and run crowd, a.k.a. the Democratic party, not content with cutting and running and leaving our indigenous allies to the tender mercies of our enemies in Vietnam thirty years ago, want to do the exact same thing again in Iraq.
We could leave Iraq and retreat behind our oceans and sweat every container ship and every foreign national and still have a modicum of safety and security, but I would much rather draw our enemies to a Mesopotamian abattoir and kill every last one of them.
I hate to admit this, but I don’t give a crap if Iraq becomes the next Switzerland or not. It would be nice, but that’s for the Iraqis to realize. What I care passionately about is whether our friends and enemies view us as feckless and inconsequential. We may be the most powerful nation in the history of the world, but that does us little good if half a million Jihadis with Kalashnikovs and I.E.D.s can have there way with us.

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