Serious critics of U.S. policy say we have other options besides war, but after 12 years of Iraqi non-compliance that case is weak, and waiting further is likely to mean more killing, not less. Terrorists may attack, but they would do that regardless. The key question is probability of success: whether the United States will be able to liberate Iraq quickly. President Bush and our generals say we can, and here we have to trust them.
It would be better for journalists, instead of falling back on anti-cowboy imagery, to look at the debate emerging among Muslims both in countries they control -- the Middle East Media Research Institute is very helpful in this regard -- and in the United States.
Here's one note I received last week from an Austin Muslim who feels his view is not being heard: "I support the war on religious grounds, as my religion teaches that any ruler who does not rule by what Allah has ordained is not a Muslim. This is the case in Iraq (and most if not all of the rest of the Muslim world), and unfortunately the Iraqi people have not the will or means to resist such an unbelieving regime. If it takes an army of unbelievers to liberate the Muslims, then so be it."
And if it takes a sheriff to stand up against evil, then may God bless him.