Carol Platt Liebau: Quite a Juxtaposition

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Quite a Juxtaposition

Even as an NIE report announces that Al Qaeda is reconstituting and trying to attack the United States, the brave soldiers in Iraq have captured the highest ranking Iraqi Al Qaeda in Al Qaeda in Iraq.

Meanwhile, Democrats pull a sleepover in the Senate to dramatize their contention that we should simply surrender and come home.

Senator George Voinovich, one of the wobbly Republicans, said of the Democrat effort, "“You wonder if they are more interested in politics than dealing with the substance of this."

Actually, no, you don't. It's clear they have to be playing politics, because otherwise, the steep price America would pay for retreating in Iraq would mean something to these Democrats. As Jeff Jacoby notes:

If US troops leave prematurely, the Iraqi government is likely to collapse, which could trigger violence on a far deadlier scale than Iraq is experiencing now. Iran's malignant influence will intensify, and with it the likelihood of intensified Sunni-Shiite conflict, and even a nuclear arms race, across the Middle East. Anti-American terrorists and fanatics worldwide will be emboldened. Iraq would emerge, in Senator John McCain's words, "as a Wild West for terrorists, similar to Afghanistan before 9/11." Once again -- as in Vietnam, in Lebanon, in Somalia -- the United States would have proven the weaker horse, unwilling to see a fight through to the finish.


What else does one need to know?

8 Comments:

Blogger Earth to Carol said...

US troops to pay price in blood for delay. Nothing will change in six weeks. Iraqi politicians will be on vacation for four out of those six weeks. While US politicians will be on vacation for five out of those six weeks.

We all now know what September will bring.

11:13 AM  
Blogger LarryD said...

So, earth to carol, you don't care if the surge works or not?

11:58 AM  
Blogger Earth to Carol said...

My wishes have nothing to do with it.

1:51 PM  
Blogger JohnnyT. said...

If the Democrats weren't playing politics with this war from very early on we would probably have been able to pacify Baghdad by now and be moving onward in our quest to eliminate the threat of Islamo-Fascist terrorists in Iraq and then the greater middle east. And then throughout the world. This fight will go on with or without National unity here in America, the terrorists have an agenda and the patience to see it through to the end. We must exert the smae patience fighting for what we believe to be right. The only other choice is to let the Islamo- Fascist terrorists win. Earth to Carol is already ready to bow down toward Mecca five times a day, I am not.

4:54 PM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

"Islamo-Fascist terrorists" don't exist.

It's just a term invented by the right to brainwash people into sending more troops into the grinder.

All these American soldiers dying... all these Iraq families being massacred... all the fault of the American right wing.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Earth,

Yes, we know exactly what will happen in September.

1. Petraeus will give an honest assessment of the situation in Iraq

2. Democrats and the media will pounce on every negative point.

3. Democrats and the media will declare Petraeus a liar concerning every positive point.

"Same old story, same old song and dance, my friend" - Aerosmith

10:23 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Salient:

"'Islamo-Fascist terrorists' don't exist."

Simply the most idiotic thing you have ever said!

They are Islamic.

They wish to establish regional and world dominance enforced in classic fascist style.

Terrorism is their trump-card tactic.

What, exactly, is NOT "Islamo-Fascist Terrorist" about that?

10:28 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Apparently, we don't have to wait until September. Andrew Sullivan has already and preemptively declared Petraeus a "liar for the content of his not-yet-composed much-less-delivered September report." (Hugh Hewitt)

11:41 AM  

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