Thursday, December 15, 2005

From Tyranny to Democracy: Iraqis Win Again

"We've got nation building by the U.S. military, and that's not a mission for the U.S. military. I've said this over and over again: They're not good at nation building. You've given them a mission which they cannot carry out. They do the best they can, but they can't do it." - Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania

In the the final act of the drama the world has watched unfold before our eyes, Iraqis went to the polls. This simple action was in direct defiance to al-Qaida, the terrorists, naysayers, and many in the Democrat Party who see this vote as a major loss for their side.

Iraqi families cast their ballots at a polling station December 15.
Army Pfc. Janelle Zalkovsky hands out humanitarian aid items to local citizens in Thyad, Iraq, on Dec. 4, 2005. Zalkovsky is attached to the Civil Affairs Unit of the 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division deployed from Fort Campbell, Ky. DoD photo by Spc. Charles W. Gill, U.S. Army.

An American soldier is brought home after giving his life for the liberty of others. Because of American Army and Iraqi perseverance a Nation is built.

Mr. Murtha - GO TO HELL!

Photos from:
CBS News
BBC News
ABC News
US Central Command Newsletter
Atlas Shrugs

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Don said...

OK Indigo enough pussyfooting around. How do you really feel about Murtha? No matter how much good is accomplished there are always going to be some who are only interested in their personal politics. They can go to hell indeed.

sideshow bob said...

The Iraqis had about double the usual US voter turnout...

And yes, Murtha, go to Hell, and take your Purple Hearts with you! And your Bronze Star! And your Navy Distinguished Service Medal!

Real heroes get deferments, not medals...except for Clinton.

::waiting for the dogpile::

In all seriousness though, your implication that Democrats want Iraqi citizens to suffer sort of cheapens the debate. You're free to disagree with Murtha's opinions, but please keep in mind he has been in a situation that, while maybe not analogous to Iraq, does share some similarities to it, and he thinks he learned some lessons that we might want to keep in mind.

Maybe a lot of the disagreement going on in the politics of our nation might be because we, as a country, really didn't give this situation the debate it merited. Maybe in the future we will leave decisions of war to Congress...but I doubt it.

I supported Operation Iraqi Freedom on the basis of what the name implies. The UNs sactions were really not working, and we, as a free people, I think have the obligation to end oppression when we have the opportunity.

Murtha feels that his plan, end the long run, will hasten Iraqi democracy while minimizing loss of American lives. He may be wrong here, but remember, in a healthy democracy, dissent and debate are a good thing.

Indigo Red said...

I believe I said "many Democrats" and I think those Democrats are Murtha, Dean, Kerry, Kennedy, Clinton x2, Boxer, Pelossi, etc. and I know many Democrats who agree.

The problem began years ago when Congress abdicated their Constitutional duty to declare war by giving it to the President under the War Powers Act. Congress didn't prove itself trustworthy in the '70s when they defunded the Vietnamese Army after the US departure. We had promised VietNam we would fund their military actions until the defeat of the Communists.

The ARVN was doing very well after the American involvement and the Democratically controlled Congress shutoff all support without which the South could no longer resist the China/Russia funded North.

Unfortunately, one of the lessons learned from VietNam is that those Democrats in Congress then and still in Congress today along with fellow party members of the same rabid anti-war bent (except war precipitated by Democrat Presidents named Clinton) cannot be trusted to support freedom abroad or at home.

I supported the Clinton effort in former Yugoslavia and Somalia. His failure to order the missile hit on bin Laden was unfortunate, but it was a decision made by a President with data I did not have.

Congress needs to take back the power to make war and levy peace. That is what the founders wrote 220+ years ago and it's still a good idea.

dcat said...

Yes Indigo! BTW nice pictures!