Why We Need More Troops in Iraq
By Joseph Lieberman
Friday, December 29, 2006; Page A27
I've just spent 10 days traveling in the Middle East and speaking to leaders there, all of which has made one thing clearer to me than ever: While we are naturally focused on Iraq, a larger war is emerging.
Yeah...hello? Joe? It took you a trip to the ME now to figure that out? Sheesh.
And note how he gratuitously throws in 9/11 there to score some pity points in the very same paragraph about the Iraq war:
How we end the struggle there will affect not only the region but the worldwide war against the extremists who attacked us on Sept. 11, 2001.
Guess what Joe? Everybody and their dog knows that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 so pack up that tired, old talking point. It's done. Fini. You don't even have a clue where OBL is thanks to your buddy president's mad idea of invading Iraq, leaving him to wander freely, and it has been widely reported that foreign fighters make up only from 4- 10% of the insurgency. Iraq is in the midst of a civil war (which you are still in denial about) and US troops should no longer be there. Period.
Because of the bravery of many Iraqi and coalition military personnel and the recent coming together of moderate political forces in Baghdad, the war is winnable. We and our Iraqi allies must do what is necessary to win it.
Please refer to 'Old Talking Points - Pre-election 2006' once again. Unless "winnable' now means being totally fubared.
The American people are justifiably frustrated by the lack of progress, and the price paid by our heroic troops and their families has been heavy. But what is needed now, especially in Washington and Baghdad, is not despair but decisive action -- and soon.
Oh for crap's sake, Joe. Decisive action was needed in 2002 (and long before that) when the neocons were planning this hopeless invasion and occupation. Where were you then? Cheerleading for the war, of course, and then shamelessly, literally kissing Bush as if he was some exalted saviour of the Middle East and more specifically Israel (which is really what this is all about for you, Joe).
Oh this critique is just too painful.
The rest of it is just basically' blah, blah, blah, surge, blah, blah, blah, excuse me while I continue to live in complete oblivion and blah, blah, blah followed by the Greatest Myth™ of them all:
Rather than engaging in hand-wringing, carping or calls for withdrawal, we must summon the vision, will and courage to take the difficult and decisive steps needed for success and, yes, victory in Iraq. That will greatly advance the cause of moderation and freedom throughout the Middle East and protect our security at home.
Prove it, Joe. Prove it.
McCain/Lieberman '08? Why not? They seem to be sharing the same brain cell on this issue.
*Sidebar: I'm still feeling sick and yes, I'm crankier than usual so wankertude coming from people like Lieberman grates on my last nerve - not that I'd be much nicer to him if I was feeling better anyway...