Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The Belmont Club: On the eve of the Iraqi elections

The Belmont Club posts: On the eve of the Iraqi elections. And quotes below from a David Ignatius in the Washington Post.

The US had the politics wrong and the military tactics right in Vietnam. It's the reverse in Iraq. We have the politics right in Iraq. Just imagine a Vietnam in 1968 having free elections from Hanoi to Saigon. That's what's happening in Iraq today.

Here's Ignatius. The lies comment is bogus but he's got the rest right.
The shame for America isn't that we have tried to topple the rule of the assassins but that we have so far been unsuccessful. ... it's still there, in the shadows of the shadows. George W. Bush gets a lot of things wrong, but he knows that he's fighting the assassins. On days like these, I'm glad that he is such a stubborn man. ... Amid the Bush administration's mistakes and lies about Iraq over the past three years, it's easy to lose sight of what is at stake in this battle. But this week brings it back to square one: It's about breaking the power of the assassins. ... People like the Tuenis who refuse to be intimidated should inspire the rest of us. So should the millions of Iraqis who will vote tomorrow. They are trying to break the culture of intimidation and death. Americans should feel proud to be on their side.

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