In a Townhall.com column, Lt. Colonel Scott Rutter reminds us that the reasons for seeing the job done are the same as they were before we invaded Iraq:
The most fundamental element in raising an Army is money. By extension, the United States has the most powerful Armed Forces in the world. We can claim that we are the smartest and the most organized. We can claim that our democracy fosters the decisions that portend strength in the Armed Forces. But, at the very foundation, our nation’s military strength is based on our capitalist society grounded in the continued pursuit of monetary wealth. Period.Read the whole thing.
It is interesting to speculate on the reasons that we really went to War with Saddam Hussein. Some would argue it was because of WMD’s, in retribution for 9/11, to quash the terrorists, or to kill a brutal dictator. All of these are valid reasons, and all were part of the mix when the U.S. made that decision in 2003. But, in selecting Iraq, the President made an interesting choice. This decision will prove to be pivotal and vital in the history of mankind.
The connection between money and Iraq is clear. If we go back to 9/11, the intricate details necessary to carry out such a plot required patience and money. The “insurgents” in Iraq require money. The attack in 1996 on the US military barracks at Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, 2000 attack on the U.S.S. Cole, 1993 attack on the World Trade Center and the 1998 attacks on U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar Es Saalam, Tanzania all required money. Lots of money.
I agree that George W. Bush is not a conservative. His attitude toward government spending has been appalling. His attitude towards illegal immigration has been deceitful and despicable. I realize that mistakes have been made in the prosecution of the war but few if any wars have been flawless. But no matter how you feel about him on the other issues, he deserves support in his efforts to bring security to Baghdad. Yes, ultimately, these efforts may not succeed and Iran may solely wield power and influence over that "dysfunctional country." Bush may yet be defeated by his foes, both foreign and domestic, but before that happens, the country needs to be reminded that what's really at stake here is much bigger than seeing the "village idiot tarred, feathered and sent back to Crawford on a rail."