Cartoon pic--Hat tip: Chas Compilation
"NOW IS THE TIME FOR RESOLVE, NOT RETREAT"
Doom and gloom seems to be the order of the day. Support for W and the War is at an all time low. I am one of the few who is still keeping the faith and thats what this post is about.
I am a little discouraged at the faint hearts of so many. Anything worth doing takes time and hard work. I know it is human nature to be negative and give up easily. But we are fighting a just cause that is worth fighting! Rumsfeld said it well:
"Fortunately, history is not made up of daily headlines, blogs on Web sites or the latest sensational attack. History is a bigger picture, and it takes some time and perspective to measure accurately."
"Now is the time for resolve, not retreat."
Let me take you back to the beginning and let you see the war through my eyes.
September 11th, 2001--Ofcourse none of us will forget that day. I still remember watching the burning buildings. By the time I turned on the TV the media was aware of all 4 planes. I was crying but there was also initially some fear. If 4 attacks could happen in such a short amount of time what else could happen? It was very unsettling. As I watched the days' events unfold tears just kept streaming down my face. I was grieving for those who died and for our country. I cannot begin to tell you how relieved I was that George W. Bush was my president. I knew he would do the right thing and do whatever it took to protect the American people. And he has!!
If you need a picture of what a cut and run strategy looks like, one only needs to watch the movie "Black Hawk Down". It is based on the true story of how a Democrat president faced terrorism by backing down. Osama Bin Laden himself has been quoted as saying that he saw the U.S. as a paper tiger after the events in Somalia.The cut and run strategy only emboldens terrorists.
By the time 9/11 happened the U.S. had been dealing with terrorism for 20+ years without much of a response. Bush has responded and I think history will prove that he has been right. In the song "Bush was Right" there is a very simple message but it is true. Here is an excerpt of some of the words:
"Freedom in Afghanistan, say goodbye Taliban
Free elections in Iraq, Saddam Hussein locked up
Osama’s staying underground, Al Qaida now is finding out
America won’t turn and run once the fighting has begun
Libya turns over nukes, Lebanese want freedom, too
Syria is forced to leave, don’t you know that all this means
Bush was right!
Democracy is on the way, hitting like a tidal wave
All over the middle east, dictators walk with shaky knees"
Pic--Hat tip: Aeon Web
Terrorists all over the Middle East and the whole world now know that the U.S. is serious when it comes to fighting terrorism. Democracy is gaining a foothold and dictators are taking notice. The reason the terrorists are fighting so hard in Iraq is because they know if they lose there, democracy will spread and the evil guys will lose their power. All of this won't happen in a short amount of time but it is worth persevering for.
Donald Rumsfeld wrote a column entitled "What We've Gained In 3 Years in Iraq" on the 3rd anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He made a lot of excellent points. Here are some excerpts:
"The rationale for a free and democratic Iraq is as compelling today as it was three years ago. A free and stable Iraq will not attack its neighbors, will not conspire with terrorists, will not pay rewards to the families of suicide bombers and will not seek to kill Americans.
Though there are those who will never be convinced that the cause in Iraq is worth the costs, anyone looking realistically at the world today -- at the terrorist threat we face -- can come to only one conclusion: Now is the time for resolve, not retreat.
Consider that if we retreat now, there is every reason to believe Saddamists and terrorists will fill the vacuum -- and the free world might not have the will to face them again. Turning our backs on postwar Iraq today would be the modern equivalent of handing postwar Germany back to the Nazis. It would be as great a disgrace as if we had asked the liberated nations of Eastern Europe to return to Soviet domination because it was too hard or too tough or we didn't have the patience to work with them as they built free countries.
What we need to understand is that the vast majority of the Iraqi people want the coalition to succeed. They want better futures for themselves and their families. They do not want the extremists to win. And they are risking their lives every day to secure their country.
That is well worth remembering on this anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom."
In part 3 I will bring up the doom and gloom lefties' arguments on why they think the war is wrong and isn't going well. And I will respond with the truth :-).
Mike from Mike's America helped me with research
What We've Gained In 3 Years in Iraq