the Democrats have demanded an "exit strategy" as
their response to Bush's State of the Union address. Iraqis
have defied death to go to the polls to demonstrate they
want a democracy and that they are at war with the terrorists
(who have declared "democracy is evil" and a heresy
in Islam). Democrats' response to this amazing victory
in the war on terror: We want to get out.
continues the pattern of the Democratic opposition in the
war on terror: Appeasement of Saddam before the war, sabotage
of the war, sabotage of the peace.
Democrat, every liberal, every leftist who has asked what
the war in Iraq had to do with the war on terror has
now been answered: We have taken down one of the most powerful
supporters of international terror, Saddam Hussein, and
established in his place an anti-terrorist, state striving
to be a democracy; an ally in the war on terror.
those who missed it: Saddam hosted the world's most dangerous
terrorists Abu Nidal, Abu Abbas and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Saddam financed Hamas one of the world's largest terrorist
armies. Saddam financed the jihadists in the West Bank,
and their suicide bombers. Saddam hosted international
gatherings of the terrorists and Saddam cheered them on.
Saddam was a de facto ally of Osama bin Laden.
have gone into the lair of Iraqi terror, taken on the international
terrorist brigades from Jordan, Syria and Iran, and beaten
them on the field of battle -- not completely but effectively.
We done the same with al-Qaeda, destroying their efficacy;
Bin Laden now sends videos instead of bombs.
we have roused up the population of a former outlaw state
and rallied them to the democratic cause. Whatever the
political framework that is established in Iraq we can
count on it being anti-terrorist. This election was the
people's declaration of independence from the terrorist
jihad. They faced death and lost more than sixty unarmed
citizens in making their heroic stand against the terrorists
and in favor of freedom. They have shed their blood
to join our side in the war on terror.
is a caveat to all this, and that is that we remain
committed enough to freedom to stay the course in Iraq.
The exit strategy is this: victory over the terrorists.
If we follow the Qusiling Kennedy line and cut and run
now, we cede this ground to the terrorists. If we capitulate,
September 2001, President Bush put the matter very
clearly: In the war terror, either you're for us or against
us. Kennedy and the capitulators have laid down their markers;
the rest of us need to lay down ours tOR