Wednesday, November 30, 2005

National Strategy for Victory in Iraq

"The United States has no intention of determining the precise form of IraqÂ’s new government. That choice belongs to the Iraqi people. Yet, we will ensure that one brutal dictator is not replaced by another. All Iraqis must have a voice in the new government, and all citizens must have their rights protected.

Rebuilding Iraq will require a sustained commitment from many nations, including our own: we will remain in Iraq as long as necessary, and not a day more."
-- President George W. Bush, February 26, 2003

As I write this , President Bush is delivering a speech at the Naval Academy at Annapolis. He is promising we will no back down, we will not give up, we will not surrender.

Here, in PDF, you can read the entire plan National Strategy for Victory in Iraq. Excerpted:

"Victory in Iraq is Defined in Stages

Short term, Iraq is making steady progress in fighting terrorists, meeting political milestones, building democratic institutions, and standing up security forces.

Medium term, Iraq is in the lead defeating terrorists and providing its own security, with a fully constitutional government in place, and on its way to achieving its economic potential.

Longer term, Iraq is peaceful, united, stable, and secure, well integrated into the international community, and a full partner in the global war on terrorism.

Failure is Not an Option

Iraq would become a safe haven from which terrorists could plan attacks against America , American interests abroad, and our allies.
Middle East reformers would never again fully trust American assurances of support for democracy and human rights in the region – a historic opportunity lost.
The resultant tribal and sectarian chaos would have major consequences for American security and interests in the region.

Our Strategy for Victory is Clear

We will help the Iraqi people build a new Iraq with a constitutional, representative government that respects civil rights and has security forces sufficient to maintain domestic order and keep Iraq from becoming a safe haven for terrorists. To achieve this end, we are pursuing an integrated strategy along three broad tracks , which together incorporate the efforts of the Iraqi government, the Coalition, cooperative countries in the region, the international community, and the United Nations.

The Political Track involves working to forge a broadly supported national compact for democratic governance by helping the Iraqi government:

Isolate enemy elements from those who can be won over to the political process by countering false propaganda and demonstrating to all Iraqis that they have a stake in a democratic Iraq ;

Engage those outside the political process and invite in those willing to turn away from violence through ever-expanding avenues of participation; and

Build stable, pluralistic, and effective national institutions that can protect the interests of all Iraqis, and facilitate Iraq 's full integration into the international community.

The Security Track involves carrying out a campaign to defeat the terrorists and neutralize the insurgency, developing Iraqi security forces, and helping the Iraqi government:

Clear areas of enemy control by remaining on the offensive, killing and capturing enemy fighters and denying them safe-haven;

Hold areas freed from enemy influence by ensuring that they remain under the control of the Iraqi government with an adequate Iraqi security force presence; and

Build Iraqi Security Forces and the capacity of local institutions to deliver services, advance the rule of law, and nurture civil society.

The Economic Track involves setting the foundation for a sound and self-sustaining economy by helping the Iraqi government:

Restore Iraq 's infrastructure to meet increasing demand and the needs of a growing economy;

Reform Iraq 's economy, which in the past has been shaped by war, dictatorship, and sanctions, so that it can be self-sustaining in the future; and

Build the capacity of Iraqi institutions to maintain infrastructure, rejoin the international economic community, and improve the general welfare of all Iraqis."

Progress is being made and more progress will follow, but it will take time. And, yes, American blood. But, also, American sweat and skills and compassion and attitude and desire to see that freedom is sown throughout the country and region. Iraqis are joining in growing numbers with a can-do spirit inherent in all freedom loving people. Iraq, America, Britain, and all the members of the Coalition are delivering freedom and liberty where a few years ago there was none.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Mike H. said...

When I was in 'Nam I didn't mind taking a hit as long as the Vietnamese didn't have to go through what they eventually went through. The guys that are over in Iraq feel the same way. That's why GWB is their Commander in Chief and sKerry isn't. Intestinal Fortitude I believe it's called.

dcat said...

Yes Mike I think you are right! :)

I'll never give in either! High applause was given as well :)

Mike's America said...

President Bush went into exhaustive detail in his speech to show how well the Iraqis are being trained and taking on this fight themselves.

The White House went into even greater detail in the Victory Strategy document you reference. It's as comprehensive a plan as we have seen publicly.

And the response from the Democrats?

Here's Nazi Pelosi: "The American people expected that the President would do more today than just put a new cover and 35 pages of rhetoric on old sound bites."

Predictable and sad.

Nothing new from the Democrats except more of the same.

We have to win this war in Iraq and the war on terror. Imagine how much more effective we could be; how many American troop's lives would be saved if the Democrats and media actually united with us towards the common purpose, which is VICTORY?

steve said...

why doesn't president bush gives us standards by which to measure our supposed "successes?"

i guess we're just left to rely on him to determine when the "mission is accomplished."

Indigo Red said...

Steve -

We have many ways to judge the successes and measure the progress in Iraq. You just have to look in the right places for them. I'll give you some right now:

1) Elections were held on time for a Parlimaent to write a Constitution.
2) A Constitution was written on time.
3) A referendum on the Constitution was held, again on time and the vote passed. Iraq had more poll workers than California had participating voters in the last
4) Saddam Hussein has been arraigned and will be tried in an IRAQI COURT of LAW.
5) Some 20,000+ schools are open providing educations to thousands of children.
6) Sewer systems have been constructed in neighborhoods, villages, towns, and cities that either had no or inadequate sewage treatment facilities.
7) Cellphone ownership and use exceeds that of the US.
8) Installation of fiberoptics has linked all of the Iraqi universities together and is providing 21st century internet access. Iraqi internet is one of the fastest growing markets.
9) Medical facilities (clinics, hospitals, etc) have been repaired, rebuilt, or built anew.
10) In poll after poll conducted by Iraqi news outlets, clearly show that well over 80% of the population wants the US troops to leave, but ONLY AFTER security has been established or Iraq has enough strength to protect themselves.
11) Attacks have devolved on to the softest of targets, the civilian population. The Iraqis know this means the terrorists have no real power the people are holding firm in their desire for freedom.
12) In a country that had only one news source before the war, Iraq now has hundreds of newspapers daily. And people are free to buy and read them without fear of reprisal from the government.

Those are 12 right off the top of my head. Is that enough to demonstrate that progress is being made, that yardsticks to measure exist in abundance, and that the bad guys are not making any headway at all amongst the good people of Iraq.

However, if you believe as the media wish you to believe that the mission was only to capture OBL, or to find WMD, then the mission has not been accomplished. If you believe the that the larger mission was to help rid a decent people from the tyranny of a despot and introduce representative democracy into an area of the world where none has ever existed and to fulfil the Prophets dying words - ("Who shall succeed you, Mohammad?" someone asked. "Let the people decide," replied the Prophet.) - then the mission has succeeded on a scale nearly impossible to fathom.