Monday, December 19, 2005

The Iraq War Debate -- Part II

Jess has finally posted the response of Travis to his Question #2, which addresses the propriety of the Iraq War, in 2003 and now.

Go see my worthy adversary's comments vs. mine here. I have my thoughts, of course, about whether the mail is answered by Travis. But you can leave your comments.

Also, the third question will be selected by Jess from the comments. So, if there's an angle to the Iraq War, or the War on Militant Islam in general that you would like addressed, let him know.

The Bush Administration has its hands full in making the case for victory in Iraq and the larger War on Militant Islam. I mean, with friends like John McCain ... Did you see, by the way, that McCain was making the case (again) yesterday that we should have long ago had higher troop levels in Iraq? It's hard to know the point of such statements. Well, one can surmise the point, but it's hard to see how such statements help the American cause.

Still, America's enemies will be overtaken by events and the American military. And Pres. Bush was right last night: America's enemies are being overtaken.

It seems to tweak the Left when we talk of victory.

Update: As I was saying ... Glenn Reynolds makes an interesting observation about the President's claim that we're winning:
BUSH DOUBLES DOWN: I just watched Bush's speech. Nothing new there for anyone who's been paying attention to the speeches he's been giving over the past couple of weeks. But one big thing struck me: In this national televised speech, Bush went out of his way to take responsibility for the war. He repeatedly talked about "my decision to invade Iraq," even though, of course, it was also Congress's decision. He made very clear that, ultimately, this was his war, and the decisions were his.

Why did he do that? Because he thinks we're winning, and he wants credit. By November 2006, and especially November 2008, he thinks that'll be obvious, and he wants to lay down his marker now on what he believed -- and what the other side did. That's my guess, anyway.