American political history is rewriting itself and on an ever faster time scale. First we invaded Iraq because of weapons of mass destruction and ties to terrorists, then it was because of the possibility of Iraq starting weapons of mass destruction related programs and giving them to terrorists (after they actually developed working relationships to those terrorists).
NOW some say that we can’t leave Iraq while the insurgents are so powerful and that we have to reach some vaguely defined level of ”pacification”. Is the newest reason we invaded Iraq to fight the resistance that arose after we invaded it? I thought the reason we fought Iraq was to get rid of Saddam? If the resistance takes over the country at some point now, is that the biggest tragedy? Do you see a US friendly democracy being created anytime soon?
This will really be a ”war without end” if we can’t even settle on who the war was fought against. Saddam is out of power, didn’t we win the war already? What is this new war we ”have” to fight against the Iraqi resistance? George Bush didn’t mention this war before we invaded Iraq, or did I miss that?
If John Kerry is elected he could pull the forces out of Iraq in a reasonably short time, unconstrained by George Bush’s pathological fear of admitting failure (he has no problem being a failure, just admitting it). If Kerry pulled the forces out of Iraq, he would actually be putting a ”mission accomplished” on all the reasons George Bush sent us to war for. Remember those reasons? Threat of weapons of mass destruction (no such threat now exists in Iraq), connections between Saddam and Al Qaeda (with Saddam in jail we can assume those connections are gone), the evil acts of the regime of Saddam Hussein against the Iraqi people (Saddam is in jail and awaiting trial for those crimes).
So, let’s elect John Kerry, declare victory and leave. George Bush has gone into a death spiral of justifications on Iraq (of course they aren’t the deaths of anybody HE knows personally). As each justification doesn’t work out, the new ones always seem to involve a longer war, never a shorter one. Our soldiers are too important to waste in covering the President’s political butt. George Bush’s flip flops on why we are in Iraq are causing a war we can never win. Elect John Kerry to ”win” the war in Iraq.