Their obvious point is that we were not justified in attacking Iraq. Does that mean they believe we should withdraw now? Well, they just aren't sure, are they? They can't even build a consensus around that issue. So their only purpose in repeatedly leveling the charge is to discredit President Bush and score political points. You see, Democrats believe that if they can show -- which they cannot -- that our attack on Iraq set back our cause in the war on terror, President Bush and Republicans will be revealed as inept in conducting the war and safeguarding our national security.
But the truth is that we were justified in attacking Iraq for a number of reasons, including that Saddam's Iraq was a terrorist-sponsoring state and thus a threat to the region, to us and to our allies. We ended Iraq's support of terrorism when we deposed Saddam.
That's when round 2 began, as insurgents and terrorists stepped in to reconvert Iraq to a terrorist haven. The terrorists are the ones who have made Iraq a terrorist battleground -- not because they are mad that we attacked secular Saddam, but because they don't want a democratic beachhead in the Middle East, or a victory for the United States in the war on terror. They prosper in the shadows and die in the light of democracies and pluralistic societies.
If Democrats want to cling to the deluded belief that Saddam's Iraq was innocuous, not pursuing WMD, not violating U.N. and post-war treaties, not a threat to us and the region, let them dwell in the perverse nostalgia of their revised history.
Democrats can remain in denial, but Iraq is part of the war on terror again because the terrorists have chosen to make it so, just like they chose to attack us on 9/11. The April NIE report makes clear that our victory in Iraq is essential to our victory in the war on terror. If you want to spawn more terrorism, try withdrawing precipitously from Iraq and see how that emboldens Al Qaeda’s cause.
How can it reasonably be denied that Democrats are behaving as though they want to hand the terrorists their first major victory?