And I mean EVERYWHERE, and NOW:
A nation that’s defended Europe from aggression in the 60 years since World War II is asking why Iraq can’t defend itself. The fact is, Iraqis risk their lives for their country every day.
Clearly the days when Democrats warned of a long twilight struggle and pledged to pay any price and bear any burden to ensure the success and survival of liberty are over, judging from remarks by Carl Levin, incoming chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee.
“We cannot save the Iraqis from themselves,” Levin opined Wednesday at a Capitol Hill press conference. “The only way for Iraqi leaders to squarely face that reality is for President Bush to tell them that the United States will begin a phased redeployment of our forces within four to six months.”
“We cannot be their security blanket,” he added. But why not, if it’s in our best long-term security interest?
Yes, we should demand more of the Iraqis. But those who ask whether we can or should stop Iraqis from killing themselves forget that we’re in this to stop others from killing us and using Iraq as a base camp from which to do it.
Too many Americans have allowed themselves to be gulled by dishonest, politically-motivated blather from the anti-American Left about WMDs, as if that was ever the sole motivation for going into Iraq. Now we’re going to have the opportunity to pay the price for that sad, maddening credulity. But as far as I’m concerned, if we’re going to pull out of Iraq, we ought to do it fast. And we ought not be limiting it to Iraq, either; ingrate protectorates in Europe and South Korea should be pulled from under the American wing and tossed out of the nest to fend for their damned selves, too. Let them snicker down their noses at us while paying their own way for once.
(Via Insty, who says: “It’s time they (Europe) took responsibility for their own security and stopped their childlike dependence upon/resentment of America.” Amen, brother)