And now, in 2007, we Republicans have delivered the solution Clinton said was the best way, and the democrats and media attack us for it and call it a failure.
Iraq today as a government respects the rights of it's people, and is ready to live in peace with it's neighbors. And it is a new government, without Saddam or his cronies.
We SUCCEEDED. Unfortunately, there are many who want to defeat Iraq, they have invaded the country and stirred up opposition to the government.
And the democrats think we should surrender to them and go home.
As I said to a "pull-out now" person yesterday. Lets assume (without evidence) that there is an actual civil war in Iraq, and not just a few thousand malcontents willing to kill innocent civilians but NOT to actually fight a war against the military of their country.
There are still two sides to that civil war. One side is a democratically-elected government, a friend and ally of our country, a government committed to peace in the region, to fighting terrorists, to giving it's people peace and prosperity.
The other side is a radical muslim opposition, who hate us, want to side with Iran our enemy, oppose democracy, want to suppress those in their country who disagree with them, will blow up innocent women and children to make their point, who are sponsored by terrorists, who blow up our troops, and are a threat to the region.
Which side SHOULD we be supporting? According to the Democrats, we have no business favoring one side over another in this battle. But it's hard to think of a "civil war" where the right side to support has been clearer.
Good post. Here’s something that most all of America seems to have forgotten. It has been U.S. law since 1998 to overthrow the Hussein regime and to establish a democratic government.
The Iraq Liberation Act
October 31, 1998
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
Today I am signing into law H.R. 4655, the “Iraq Liberation Act of 1998.” This Act makes clear that it is the sense of the Congress that the United States should support those elements of the Iraqi opposition that advocate a very different future for Iraq than the bitter reality of internal repression and external aggression that the current regime in Baghdad now offers.
Let me be clear on what the U.S. objectives are: The United States wants Iraq to rejoin the family of nations as a freedom-loving and law-abiding member. This is in our interest and that of our allies within the region.
The United States favors an Iraq that offers its people freedom at home. I categorically reject arguments that this is unattainable due to Iraq’s history or its ethnic or sectarian make-up. Iraqis deserve and desire freedom like everyone else. The United States looks forward to a democratically supported regime that would permit us to enter into a dialogue leading to the reintegration of Iraq into normal international life.
WILLIAM J. CLINTON
THE WHITE HOUSE,
October 31, 1998.
Basically the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 calls for an all out proxy war fully supported by the US with money and military logistics in order to oust Saddam and establish Democracy.
My opinion on Iraq is that it was the right war, but the wrong method we choose to go about fighting it.
What Bush should have done...
(If all events up until our liberation of Iraq were the same)
2003 March - Invade and oust Saddam.
2003 Dec. 15, 2003 - Capture and Execution of Saddam
2004 Jan 1 - Declare victory and leave.
Repeat as necessary. They will get the message.