This will be a popular topic for blog posts today, I predict.
Did you catch President Bush’s remarks to the troops at Fort Bragg last night?
As you regular readers know, I try to stay out of politics on this blog. There’s little “romance” in politics, and I call this thing “Romantic Ramblings.” That said, I had to agree with some of the things I heard George W. say about Iraq and the war on terror.
First, timetables for withdrawal. I thought his reasons for refusing to establish a deadline were logical. We all want our troops home and out of harm’s way. To set a target for completing the transfer of responsibility for maintaining security in Iraq to the Iraqis is fine, but only if it’s clear that we have the resolve to stay past that target if we must.
If the insurgents were smart and knew we were leaving in, say, December, then they’d lay low until January. Once we were gone they could tear apart the local regime’s forces. With an indefinite schedule, they have to keep active (and thus exposed) for as long as it takes. Otherwise they’d lose what radical idealistic support they have.
I’ve been on military active duty during a war. I know that what the troops want is simply sufficient strength of numbers and weaponry to be victorious, plus the will to win and support from the people at home.
I predict the military will be overwhelmed with messages of support through the web site set up by the Depart of Defense. It’s http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/
Some time over the upcoming July 4th weekend, I urge you to visit the site and send a message of support to service personnel. I know it will mean a lot to them. Many of them are well aware of public opinion here in the states. Check out Bill’s post if you don’t think so.
Also read some of Monica’s posts about her son in Iraq.
OK. I was in a serious mood today. Check back tomorrow for my usual irreverent treatment of something.