GOI: I must say that I have been impressed with the President of late as much as I disagree with his general politics and opposed his invasion of Iraq. He finally seems to be talking straight and honestly with the American people about Iraq. Being realistic and admitting errors but asking us for continued patience. I can work with that. I'm not a hard-core ideaologue who will disagree with a Republican President every step of the way just because he/she is Republican.
That being said, however, I am still a liberal so don't fear fellow libs. ;)
This comes at an exciting time in Iraq where we are on the verge of historical parlimentary elections. Progress (all be it slow) is occuring in Iraq and I am honestly starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel.
President Bush, delivering the last in a series of speeches about Iraq on the eve of that country's elections, said today he was encouraged by the prospect of broader political participation in Iraq, but he warned that successful voting will not make the insurgents "give up," and he urged continued "patience" by both Iraqis and Americans.
He asserted that U.S. forces in Iraq have made "real progress" in the 2 1/2 years since the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, and he vowed not to pull them out "until victory is achieved."
GOI: I am still not sure what he means by "victory" but I think I believe now that we have to stay as long as it takes. Even if that means a long-term presence such as in Germany, S. Korea and Japan. We can't afford to loose this war. We have to keep trying until we get it right and unfortunately that means more American casualties. He went on to say:
To set an "artificial deadline" for withdrawing U.S. troops would tell the comrades and the families of those who have already fallen that their sacrifice has been in vain, Bush said.
GOI: I'm starting to come around to this arguement. As I have said before I didn't agree with this invasion but we have created a terrorist state and we do owe the Iraqi's to make things right. This isn't an easy decision for me to make because I have a lot of disagreement with this President in general and in this war. However, I honestly believe it is indeed in our long term interests now that we are there.
I am still worried about the fledgling democracy in Iraq, however. Especially when I hear that these Iraqi candidates basically only "press the flesh" with people in their own ethnic group.
As well as the allowance of mosques doubling as political headquarters for religious candidates.
I am also still worried about the readiness of the Iraq army but they do seem to be doing much better then before.
So we shall see if the Iraqi's can iron out these problems over time.
I gotta give the man (Bush) some credit...at least he is finally leveling with us more about the realities of the war in Iraq.
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