In an interview with Colin Powell in the latest issue of GQ Magazine, the Aspen Institute's Walter Isaacson asks the former secretary of state, regarding the assessment of the situation in Iraq before going in, "Do you feel responsible for giving the U.N. flawed intelligence?"
Powell's response: "I didn't know it was flawed. Everybody was using it."
Yet, Barack Obama, even while still just a state senator in Illinois, understood what even Colin Powell, as secretary of state, didn't understand.
Now Obama, to assure his positioning as more anti-war than Clinton, is calling for a complete pullout of our troops by the end of next year.
It's troubling that the Democrats have starkly transformed our struggle in Iraq into cold political calculation. But more troubling is their complete absence of vision or compulsion to voice one. What comes after the withdrawal they are demanding? What kind of world would we live in with emboldened terrorists?
Fouad Ajami of Johns Hopkins University, a Shiite Arab, and one of our most respected academics on the Middle East, wrote at length this past week in the Wall Street Journal about the cracks of light shining into Iraq, and urged that we pay heed to Petraeus.
Who doubts that mistakes have been made?
But our unpopular president is right. I want my grandchildren to live in a world that is just and that is free. Our enemies have made clear that we will have to fight for this.
A retreat into left wing politics is not the answer. Standing and fighting is.