Sunday, December 04, 2005

Progress in Iraq

Local WABC radio talk show host Monica Crowley (who also has her own talk show on MSNBC) has posted on her website a list of some of the substantial progress that has been made in cities and towns throughout Iraq. Much of it is the type of stuff the MSM will not touch because it might actually give you a clearer, non-slanted picture of Iraq that just might make you less inclined to think that George W. Bush is not satan (and Lord knows we can't have that). I urge you to check them out.

If you are inclined to chalk Crowley's comments up to a partisan, whitewashed version of the situation in Iraq, perhaps Senator Joe Lieberman's (D-Conn.) take may be more to your liking. Lieberman, who may just be the only sane prominent Democrat left, recently wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed of the "visible and practical" progress he had witnessed firsthand during his recent trip to Iraq. His comments are far from equivocal, and he offers a clear warning about the repercussions of withdrawing military support at this crucial juncture in Iraqi history:
Here is an ironic finding I brought back from Iraq. While U.S. public opinion
polls show serious declines in support for the war and increasing pessimism
about how it will end, polls conducted by Iraqis for Iraqi universities show
increasing optimism. Two-thirds say they are better off than they were under
Saddam, and a resounding 82% are confident their lives in Iraq will be better a
year from now than they are today. What a colossal mistake it would be for
America's bipartisan political leadership to choose this moment in history to
lose its will and, in the famous phrase, to seize defeat from the jaws of the
coming victory.

What a mistake, indeed.

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