America Deserves Better

September 20th, 2007

On October 10, 2002, a very influential American politician said the following about Iraq: “In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al-Qaeda members, though there is apparently no evidence of his involvement in the terrible events of September 11, 2001. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East, which as we know all too well affects American security.”

If you guessed those were President Bush’s words – you’d be wrong. Those are not even the words of a Republican, those were spoken by Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

She supported the war at one point, voted to give the president the authority to use force back in 2002, and bragged when we captured Saddam Hussein.

Now she is against the war, and has even voted to de-fund our troops while they are still in harms way.

We were once united as a nation at war, however now, divisive politics have made this country more polarized than I have ever seen it.

The war in Iraq has not gone the way we wanted to, and by we, I mean people like me who want the United States to win over there.

Unfortunately, there are many people in this country who are actively rooting for us to lose this war. To me, that’s treason.

Those people want us to lose because they have a hatred for President Bush and want him humiliated. Moreover, they want a Democrat to win the White House next year at any cost, even if that means us being handed a defeat to al-Qaeda.

Senator Harry Reid, a Democrat and Majority Leader in the Senate said earlier thisyear that the war is lost.

There’s nothing like telling your military that they have lost while they continue to put their lives on the line. Not to mention giving the enemy a moral boost. The Democratic Party seems to have an identity crisis. There seems to be a contest to see who can be the most against the war.

Last week, the commander of all U.S. military personnel in Iraq, General David Petraeus, reported to Congress about the state of the war. In January, General Petraeus implemented a policy of sending more U.S. troops into Iraq temporarily to stop the violence that gripped the country in 2006. The “surge” as it has come to be known, reached full strength only in June, and has already shown great success in defeating terrorism throughout Iraq.

Anbar Province, which is basically the entire western half of Iraq, was once considered lost to the insurgents. Now, after an extra 4,000 marines went in there and did what they do, Anbar is almost completely pacified. In Baghdad, a city of around eight million, most areas have been cleared as terrorists have either been captured, killed, or have fled.

This is not my assessment of the surge, this is what General Petraeus told Congress. And how was he repaid for his great service of this country? A liberal group called put out a full page ad in The New York Times on the first day of the general’s testimony calling him “General Betray Us.” is a prime example of those who have politicized this war, and they have done it in the most disgusting way possible by spitting on an American war hero who has earned in his decorated military career the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Defense Superior Service Medal, four awards of the Legion of Merit, and a Bronze Star.

Every politician, on both sides of the aisle, should have denounced this personal attack, however not one Democrat presidential candidate would do so. Not one.

To me, that is considered guilt by association. If you don’t condemn it, you must agree with it. And any person who would smear the leader of our troops in a theater of battle who did not deserve it, does not deserve my vote to be the Commander-in-Chief. Our military deserves better – America deserves better.