On Wednesday afternoon, House Republican Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri issued a statement in support of the Bush Administration’s continued prosecution of the Iraq War and the President’s positive address to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Missouri.
According to Blunt, the tide of the war is still turning in favor of a decisive U.S. and Coalition Forces victory, which hawks maintain is now the only viable option to re-establishing and strengthening lasting peace and stability in Iraq and the Middle East; and as General Petraeus, the “field marshal” of the United States’ forces, is beginning his report on the progress of the war, due to be given to the Congress in September, even some Democrats are changing their opinion about the need for an immediate troop withdrawal.
“The President this morning rightly identified our current campaign in Iraq as part of a generational struggle between two very different views of the world: one that believes in the promotion of democracy and the dignity of the human spirit, and another whose sole source of legitimacy derives from its ability to destroy human life and disseminate a message of hate, fear, and intolerance. This is a struggle, as the President suggested, that will not be won with a single battle. But while the fight continues at home and overseas, the undeniable progress being made by our troops on the ground has created a new landscape in Iraq,” Blunt stated.
A United States troop surge earlier in 2007, at first opposed by the newly installed Iraqi government, has since met with success; even embedded journalists have written positive reports about the effectiveness of the new strategy, especially since July.
Although a majority of them voted for supporting and financing the war when it was first entered into in early 2003, most Democrats now are vociferously opposed to continuing the war, with many of them declaring defeat, and the Congressional majority constantly citing the “failed policies of the Bush Administration” in the prosecution of the war as a reason for cutting and running from Iraq before many more American lives are needlessly lost.
There are also some Congressional Republicans who have joined in the call for a troop pullout.
All of the Democratic Presidential candidates support the immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq.
Critics of the Democrats and “defeatists” point out that the bias of the mass media and the unprecedented media exposure of modern warfare, which began with the “televised war” of 1991 when the U.S. attacked Iraq the first time, have distorted what is really going on in that foreign nation.
These say that the U.S. has sustained amazingly few casualties since the war started. Additionally, they point to the fact that wars are dynamic and strategies often have to be adjusted on the fly and improvised, which is what the United States did in 2007 to bring about what now seems like growing success.
Still other commentators say that the United States and its allies in Iraq have sustained precious little damage and paid but a small price as compared to what the terrorist organizations and insurgents have lost.
It is widely anticipated that Petraeus is going to issue a positive report and advise that with more time the war will be decisively won by the Coalition.
While supporters of the Democrats and Bush critics point to last week’s most deadly suicide bomber attack of the whole war, in which well over 400 people-mostly civilian Yezidis, who are called “devil worshippers” by many Islamic adherents-were killed by over two tons of explosives and a string of suicide bombers as evidence that terrorists remain strong and unbeatable, General Petraeus and other commentators have called the attack one of “ethnic cleansing” and say that such an attack points to desperation rather than strength.
Office of House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (PR Newswire), “Blunt Statement on President’s Iraq Address to VFW”