Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Defending the War in Iraq

Americans seem to be more upset about the situation in Iraq than ever before. So it's never been more important to defend the importance of our mission. (Scroll down for more links.)

David Limbaugh summarizes the initial case for war with Iraq. He also notes that war opponents rarely distinguish between the wisdom of our initial invasion and the wisdom of staying there/our current strategy. According to Limbaugh:
The problem is that the antiwar Left has conflated these issues. They have been so obsessed with establishing (through monomaniacal repetition) their fraudulent case that President Bush lied to get us into this war, they have literally paralyzed themselves from contributing anything constructive to any issues concerning the ongoing war effort.

Leftists often use their initial (and lame) case against the invasion to justify their current position on our war strategy - namely, that we should leave. This is incoherent. As Limbaugh says, "
even if we conclude we were wrong to have attacked Iraq -- which we certainly were not -- our decision is done and can't be retracted, even by withdrawing. Our decision to remain or withdraw must be based on what is going on today and the likely consequences of remaining or withdrawing." So we need to look at the current situation and determine the best course of action. Pretty obvious.
But, truth be told, the Left doesn't want to focus on the here and now, because by doing so they would have to forfeit the delicious political mileage they continue to accumulate against the president by confusing the issues.

Dennis Prager writes that the Iraq War is a war against evil. "Do you believe we are fighting evil people in Iraq?" A leftist's answer reveals a lot.

Meanwhile, Mark Alexander writes about Cindy Sheehan, re-energized war protestors, and other misguided individuals who are disservicing a noble cause. (More on Sheehan here.) (Update: related pieces here, here, and here.)

Joel Belz of WORLD puts things in perspective by comparing the rate of Iraq War deaths with that of other wars, as well as other, non-war causes of death. The cost of this war seems remarkably small by comparison, and it's in service of a great cause (but we should not trivialize the death of even a single valuable life).

ScrappleFace satire on the renewed protests. An excerpt:

"I had been hoping for a free, self-governing Iraq as a catalyst for increasing liberty in the Arab world leading to reduced terrorism by Muslim fanatics worldwide," said the president, "That might have been a bit ambitious. So, now our official policy is to help create a political climate in Iraq that results in mass graves that are at least 25 percent less massive than during the years that Saddam Hussein ruled. We'd also like to see torture of political opponents cut in half by the year 2025, and elections for national tyrant that offer a third choice -- yes, no and probably."


This recent post contains a wealth of commentary and resources about the raging Iraq controversy (for instance: Should we leave Iraq?). Also, see this op-ed piece from last year.

And for much more on foreign policy and Iraq, see the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and the Center for Security Policy, as well as this resource page.

Update: For commentary about the Iraqi Constitution process, see this and this.

Plus, Clifford D. May: "Zarqawi is evil but not foolish. If his aim were merely to get Americans to leave Iraq there is a simple means to that end: Stop fighting." But he doesn't stop, because he has a much more sinister aim.

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