And speaking of the enemy, some choose to believe that the hostilities in Iraq are wholly unrelated to the War on Terror. But the identity and character of the enemy we are fighting there conclusively proves otherwise. To see that the action in Iraq is part of the war on terror we need only observe the cause uniting the enemy.
The enemy -- terrorists, thugs and anarchists, local and international -- is doing everything it can to obstruct self-rule for the Iraqis. We are not at war with the Iraqi people or the Iraqi soldiers helping us to defend the Iraqi people. The ongoing fighting in Iraq isn't between the United States and Iraq, but the United States and Iraq against the terrorists.
Sadly some of the president's critics and political opponents are beginning to exploit this, energetically wringing their hands and resurrecting talk of the ugly American -- though they are Americans themselves. Liberal columnists are using this isolated case to validate their preformed opinion that our entire war effort has been mismanaged and a failure.
Well, I'm not willing to concede that everything has gone bad for us in Iraq or that we are guilty of poor planning because we didn't accurately predict every terrorist strike against our troops. Do the critics really believe it's possible to fight a casualty-free war, especially against an enemy that has less respect for the rules of war than it does for life itself?
I just don't understand the logic behind allegations that we are bungling the war because we sustain casualties or because a few of our soldiers get out of line. How easy it is for the armchair quarterbacks to condemn our whole military operation every time we experience setbacks while fighting an unpredictable urban war against an uncivilized, brutal, inhumane and evil enemy.
This is war. Let's quit pretending it's some kind of pristine chess match.