Whether or not Democrats like it, Saddam has now been deposed, and we have limited options going forward. We either withdraw before we're confident the Iraqi forces can protect the newly formed government, which would greatly increase the likelihood that Iraq would turn into another terrorist staging center and that our fallen soldiers would have died in vain. Or we remain until Iraqi forces can go it alone.
As any reasonable person can see, we have no real choice -- unless you disagree with our mission. We have to stay until the job is completed.
As for Democrats disagreeing with our mission, you have to wonder when no less than the recently sainted Congressman John Murtha said, "When you fight an insurgency, you have to win the hearts and minds of the people, and we've lost the hearts and minds of the people."
It's pathetic that we've allowed the terrorists, malcontents and nihilists in Iraq to be euphemized as "insurgents," as if any of them want what is best for the Iraqi people as a whole. It is offensive that we even flirt with the preposterous suggestion that there is moral equivalence between these barbarians and the vast majority of the Iraqi people who appear committed to a republican government. And it is outrageous that leaders, such as Murtha, are lending credence to the idea that the hearts and minds of global terrorists or Saddamist rejects are "winnable."
It is also pathetic that Democrats had to convene a closed-door meeting to come up with a plan for Iraq. You mean they have been crucifying George Bush for the last two years over the deficiencies of his plan when they never had an earthly idea themselves as to what alternative they'd recommend? Yes, that's precisely what I mean, and Democrat spokesman Howard Dean admitted as much, saying it is not the Democrats' responsibility to come up with a plan.
Democrats simply have no plan beyond Sen. Biden's gratuitous refrain, "We've got to train Iraqi soldiers faster." Until they have the guts to openly admit their moral opposition to the mission, they'll be reduced to bogus arguments about terrorist recruitment, destructive obsessing over their mythical creations that Bush lied and tortures, or the unintelligible psychobabble of John Kerry calling for nonspecific, specific timetables and the setting of benchmarks.