3 years in Iraq: what we’ve gained

Posted by: ST on March 19, 2006 at 12:05 am

Def. Secretary Donald Rumsfeld writes a piece for the Washington Post on the three year anniversary of the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Snippet:

The rationale for a free and democratic Iraq is as compelling today as it was three years ago. A free and stable Iraq will not attack its neighbors, will not conspire with terrorists, will not pay rewards to the families of suicide bombers and will not seek to kill Americans.

Though there are those who will never be convinced that the cause in Iraq is worth the costs, anyone looking realistically at the world today — at the terrorist threat we face — can come to only one conclusion: Now is the time for resolve, not retreat.

Consider that if we retreat now, there is every reason to believe Saddamists and terrorists will fill the vacuum — and the free world might not have the will to face them again. Turning our backs on postwar Iraq today would be the modern equivalent of handing postwar Germany back to the Nazis. It would be as great a disgrace as if we had asked the liberated nations of Eastern Europe to return to Soviet domination because it was too hard or too tough or we didn’t have the patience to work with them as they built free countries.

What we need to understand is that the vast majority of the Iraqi people want the coalition to succeed. They want better futures for themselves and their families. They do not want the extremists to win. And they are risking their lives every day to secure their country.

That is well worth remembering on this anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Amen. Many thanks to our fine men and women serving, who have served, and/or who will be serving again. Thoughts and prayers go out to them as well as to the military families who have lost loved ones not just in OIF, but in the global war on terror. Our world is a safer place because of the sacrifices you make. As long as we remain firmly committed to winning this war, the sacrifices made will not be in vain.

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    1. CB says:

      Is this the only blog to comment on Rumsfeld’s speech? If you ignore Kos and friends, I think so. Sad.

    2. steve says:

      Winning what war? The war on terror or bush’s war in Iraq? And shotgun Cheney, can repeat that it does a million times, but the war in Iraq has nothing to do with the war on terror. It never did and it never will. This was an illegal, preemptive war and should be ended immediately so we can all focus on the war on terror. Peace

    3. - America’s war with terror Steve-oh…. the one you and your fellow turn-coats are hiding under your couches from… That war…

      - Bang’s fangs >:)

    4. Lorica says:

      Steve this is not an illegal war, unless you want to ignore the massive amount of evidence that has been compiled against Saddamn. I reply to this on an earlier post but there were many good reasons to do this. I can think of over 25 million of them atleast, the Iraqi people. They deserve a chance too. – Lorica

    5. steve says:

      All of those 25 million people in Iraq could have been freed without an illegal preemptive war. The Left ain’t afraid of nothing, which is why it is willing to pursue Peace. The Right is afraid of it’s shadow which is why it arms itself to the teeth and wants to kill everybody. You cannot have Peace(Christ) by making war(anti-Christ). Peace

    6. Mwalimu Daudi says:

      All of those 25 million people in Iraq could have been freed without an illegal preemptive war.

      What would the Left have done about Saddam? Petition him to death? Bury him alive in cash via the UN Oil-for-food program? Condemn him to international irrelevance by giving him the Nobel Peace Prize for gassing the Kurds? Torture him by making him listen to the Dixie Chicks 24/7? Send Mother Sheehan to protest outside one of his umpteen palaces?

    7. forest hunter says:

      st. eve isn’t about having answers Mwalimu Daudi. His ONLY mission is not unlike a dog chasing his tail months on end……. planless and clueless as the day he inserted. No answers for the facts or questions put before him, because of his overwhelming fears, I presume. It’s certainly not due to his brilliant military strategy.

    8. Mwalimu Daudi says:

      Maybe so, F.H., but it would be fun making the Left answer some questions.

      Imagine Sen. Russ Feingold being confronted with questions like: “What would the Democrats have done about Saddam’s attempts to acquire uranium?” and “What about the high-level meetings between a Qaeda and Saddam Husein’s government?” My guess – Russ would need to change his underwear.

      Heck, it could be a new reality-TV series: Watch prominent Democratic senators soil themselves on tonight’s episode of Make Them Take A Stand.

      I’m mean – ain’t I?:d

    9. Lorica says:

      Steve tell me how were those 25 million people going to be freed??? What is your plan for it?? I am all ears, let me know. – Lorica

    10. steve says:

      They aren’t free yet. So lets try the following: immediately reestablish full diplomatic relations with Iran. Begin with discussions about Iraq and then move to creating a nuclear weapons free zone from the Mediterranean Sea to the Bay of Bengal and beyond. A first order of business would be to strip Israel of it’s nuclear weapons. Peace

    11. Lorica says:

      LOL Hey Steve that isn’t a plan to free the 25 million people of Iraq, PRIOR TO the war. Come on try to use that intellect to stay on subject. So now that we heard the goof ball plan lets hear how the people of Iraq were going to be saved without going to war??? You brought it up, now defend it. – Lorica

    12. steve says:

      Unlike the Republicans I do not lie, nor do I answer questions requiring psychic powers. In otherwords, I’m not a prophet. Peace

    13. PCD says:

      Steve is still on his Jihad against Israel. All of steve’s hate centers on destroying Israel, but that had been the Arab and Communist doctrine since 1947.

      I wonder how keyboard commandoes like steve would feel if they were on the receiving end of such hate?

      Israel has noting to do with settling the unrest in Iraq, but to the left, they will take any opportunity to not only hate Israel, but to destroy it.

    14. Jim M says:

      Lorica are you expecting a logical and well thought out answer from Steve? Getting Steve to stay on subject and back up his rantings with anything even if it’s from Moveon.org is an impossibility. Ignorant is lacking education or knowledge (Teachable) and Stupid is Slow to learn or understand (Incapable of learning) which one of those applies to Steve?
      :d

    15. Baklava says:

      Steve wrote, “All of those 25 million people in Iraq could have been freed without an illegal preemptive war

      And those woman’s kids could’ve been saved if Steve was there to talk the husband out of killing the woman’s kids (although that would’ve been nothing more than the woman was doing herself – pleading for him to stop).

      A couple months ago Steve you actually answered a question and told us that with your death plan you would’ve not been part of the solution for peace (through strength) because you would’ve not been one to exercise strength.

      I apologize on your behalf that your reasoning and logic is so shallow that you call others warmongerers even though our solutions bring about more peace than yours.

      Do you know how many soldiers died in WW2? Defeat of the enemy is the only way sometimes to bring about peace. Your absolutism and close mindedness leads you only one option… to submit to the will of the enemy. You are allowed to sit there and name call and antagonize and mischaracterize people all day because of the people who have fought and died for you in previous generations.

    16. steve says:

      “We have identified the enemy, and they are us”, or at least they are the Republican Party. The Republican Party has allowed bush to add $3 trillion to the national debt, a 47% increase. The Republican Party has shown incompetence in dealing with Iraq, New Orleans, the ports deal, shotgun Cheney’s Texas hunt and a boatload of other things. bush and his administration has been a miserable failure. And corrupt too. Peace

    17. Baklava says:

      Whoa. Extremist rhetoric there. This is the kind of stuff that keeps Democrats out of office Steve. When Kerry referred to Republicans and Dean referred to Republicans the way you did it has marginalized them. You can either REALIZE that we are after the same end result (peace, prosperity, no racism, good education) or keep referring to Republicans as you do and keep your desired party out of power.

      It’ll be YOUR failure to grow and learn.

      There are corrupt people in almost every large entity. I’ll bet you a million dollars there is one in General Motors or Ford Motor Company right now. Referring to a bunch of people like you have Steve is not productive to debate and simply exemplifies what your mind is made of.

      Thanks for showing it.

    18. Jim M says:

      I really don’t think Steve reads any of the comments and he only reads the headline of ST’s post just to get close to the subject for his first comment and then he just rambles.
      l-)

    19. Lorica says:

      Steve wrote: All of those 25 million people in Iraq could have been freed without an illegal preemptive war.

      When pressed for a plan on how to accomplish the above Steve writes: Unlike the Republicans I do not lie, nor do I answer questions requiring psychic powers. In otherwords, I’m not a prophet.

      So what you are saying Steve is, much like your buddies in the Dem party, you don’t have a plan, you don’t have a hope, and you don’t really care. You just want to make stupid comments for sound bites from the puppet Dem media. Thanks for showing us your true colors there Steve. With more Americans like you we might as well give this country back over to the British. Thanks alot for you lack of intellgent input. It clearly shows me why I will never vote for a single Democrat again. If my best friend was running on the Dem ticket I would vote for his opponent. Why you ask?? Because I cannot support or align myself with people such as yourself. You are to inconsistant in both your logic and your common sense. It amazes me how deeply lacking your reasoning is. Keep up the good work Steve, and good luck to you in this life. – Lorica

    20. steve says:

      What the Left is saying is that preemptive war is not only illegal it is stupid because it will lead, in the future, to where we are today which is in a mess. So bush and the Zionist/Armageddonist neo-cons were, and continue to be wrong. Peace

    21. CavalierX says:

      >What the Left is saying is that
      >preemptive war is not only illegal

      According to what, precisely? The Left-Wing Law Against American Self-Defense? Please.

      >it is stupid

      Gee, I guess it’s better to wait until we wake up to find a smoking radioactive crater in the middle of Washington DC or NYC, or a wave of spreading death. Smart move. Oh, I suppose you conveniently “forgot” that even in your “contained” Iraq, Saddam was continuing to work on Brucella and a cute little germ called Congo Crimean Hemorrhagic Fever in his secret labs.

      >Peace

      Yeah, mass death is extremely peaceful. People like you make me wish that stupidity was painful.

    22. AnnaB says:

      Nothing any one who supports the war says or does will be enough for those who so violently opppose our efforts there – you can back it up with facts and conviction but even that won’t get you anywhere. That’s obvious from the backlash Mr. Rumsfeld received after writing this letter and the posts above. If this won’t do it for you, how about talking to a soldier’s family who support our efforts and want to make sure their son or daughter’s efforts are not in vain. It’s sad when families and troops have to ask Americans to support them but that is exactly what is being done. I just hope they know that many Americans know that progress has been made in Iraq and we support the troops and their mission.

    23. Lorica says:

      Absolutely correct AnnaB. In my work I run into the families of the troops almost daily, and I can tell you they are very grateful for even a few kind words. We have an organization here called QC F.I.S.T. (Families in Support of Troops) They have a great deal of community support. It is a good an decent thing for these men and woman to return home the heros they are. – Lorica