Glenn Beck, one of my favorite radio and television hosts, put together a great video that everyone should watch and at least consider:
-98% of children have been vaccinated against diseases like polio
-4,500 schools rebuilt, refurbished, and restocked with over 8 million textbooks
-19,000 new members of Iraq Special Police force
-18,000 new border agents protecting their country
-33,000 new businesses since the end of the war
-5 million cell phone users, when before Saddam hardly anyone had heard of one
-25% of the Iraqi parliment is made up of women (much higher than our US Senate, and the highest in the Middle East)
-Over 150 newspapers and television shows discuss political issues freely, and campaign posters are all over the place. Hardly would have been the case five years ago.
-The life of the governor of the Anbar Province.
There is more going on in Iraq then people think. The President has not done a good enough job of consistantly getting his message out. He should have monthly television addresses to let the people know this stuff. The media, in its partisan zeal, has been grossly deralict in its duty for properly informing the nation of EVERYTHING that is going on over there. Its hard, and good people are dying, and Americans need to understand why. We need to understand that by doing this for Iraq, creating a free and open society, a democracy, we will be ensuring outselves of peace in the long run. Democrats (like Jim Webb) are pursuing a policy of appeasement. Plain and simple. They want to trade short term good feelings in exchange for long term peace. It SOUNDS good to have people with historic ties to Iraq involved in the peace. But its blind to the ambitions of those countries. Syria and Iran are in the vangaurd of an anti-American, anti-Western axis that seeks to curb American power and western progress. Webb wants to bring in neighboring countries to help find what I call a "Carterian" solution. Bringing Iran and Syria into the conversation MAY work in the short run, i.e. ending the violence. But what happens to Iraqi democracy bookended by despotic Syria and theocratic Iran without American protectyion? Should American foriegn policy, lead by Jim Webb, be willing to sacrifice the future for the happiness of the present?
In another words, do we APPEASE and be happy now, or endure and succeed in solving the Middle East in the only way it can be solved: A free and open Democracy. Do we run now, and open those people in the Glenn Beck piece to be broken down again by despotism and theocracy? Or do we, as a country, grow a spine and fight on, knowing that our goals are noble, and though they may take time, what it could mean for the world to create a free and functional Democracy in the Middle East could bring peace to our time. The policy of Webb and the Democrats is simple: pander to win elections. George W. Bush and Republicans? Defeat these terrorists through grit, patience, and a belief in Democracy.