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Sunday, January 30, 2005

from the Desk of the Other Senator from Massachussets

Fred Barnes from the Weekly Standard takes the Democrats to task for "taking the moral high ground" when in fact they are engaged in "a failed strategy" of "blatant obstructionism". Sen. Kennedy gave a speech that sounded like the successful strategy of the then-future Sen. Kerry when he called for an unconditional public commitment for American military withdrawal from Vietnam nearly 30 years ago, a position that most people now realize just made the Viet Cong more intransigent in the Paris "Peace" talks.

Here is the Other Senator's own words on the eve of Iraq's first democratic election in over 40 years:

We need a serious course correction, and we need it now. We must make it for the American soldiers who are paying with their lives. (we need to stay the course and fulfill the commitments we made to Iraq and the commitments those soldiers paid for with their lives - ed. note)...
It (the insurgency) is also becoming more intense and adaptable. The bombs are bigger and more powerful. The attacks have greater sophistication. (I guess the Senator hasn't been watching the news out of Iraq on election day - ed. note) ...
We have the finest military in the world. (no thanks to you or your other MA Senatorial collegue - ed. note) ...
the goal of our military presence should be to allow the creation of a legitimate, functioning Iraqi government, not to dictate it. (exactly - ed. note) ...
Creating a full-fledged democracy won’t happen overnight. (ibid - ed. note) ...
The process cannot begin in earnest until Iraqis have full ownership of that transition. (ibid - ed. note) ...
If we want Iraq to develop a stable, democratic government, America must assist -- not control -- the newly established government. (ibid - ed. note) ...
Unless Iraqis have a genuine sense that their leaders are not our puppets, the election cannot be the turning point the Administration hopes. (ibid - ed. note)...
America must give Iraq back to the Iraqi people. ...
We need to let the Iraqi people make their own decisions, reach their own consensus, and govern their own country. ...
The Iraqi people are facing historic issues—the establishment of a government, the role of Islam, and the protection of minority rights. ...
The United States and the international community have a clear interest in a strong, tolerant and pluralistic Iraq, free from chaos and civil war. (ibid, ibid - ed. note) ...
At least 12,000 American troops and probably more should leave at once, to send a stronger signal about our intentions and to ease the pervasive sense of occupation. ...
America’s goal should be to complete our military withdrawal as early as possible in 2006. ...

Ok, enough is enough. America's goal should be to demonstrate support for the democratic forces of Iraq. Abandoning Iraq to the dangers Sen Kennedy describes (chaos, civil war) does not demonstrate commitment. Does the not-so-good Senator understand what brought this electoral opportunity to the Iraqi people?

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