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June 15, 2008
WaPo editorial criticizes Dems on Iraq
More evidence accumulates that even the press sees that American policy in Iraq has not just turned the corner, but is heading for success. A stunning Washington Post editorial this morning actually criticizes Dems for their defeatism on Iraq. Commenting on Iraq's Prime Minister Maliki's visit to Tehran, where he affirmed Iraq's intention to host US troops, and reassured the mullahs that Iraq would not be used for an invasion of Iran, the editorial board wrote:
This would seem to be an obvious U.S. gain in what, according to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as well as President Bush, is the urgent task of countering Iran's attempt to dominate the Middle East. It means that Iraq, a country with the world's second largest oil reserves and a strategic linchpin of the Middle East, just might emerge from the last five years of war and turmoil as an American ally, even if its relations with Iran remain warm. So it's hard to fathom why Democrats in Congress have joined Ayatollah Khamenei in denouncing the U.S.-Iraqi agreements even before they are written. Critics such as Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) are professing to be outraged that the Bush administration might be forging a relationship with Iraq "that parallels the Korea-Japan history," as Mr. Webb put it. They claim to be shocked by the suggestions of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) that U.S. forces might remain in Iraq for decades without controversy if they did not suffer casualties, as has happened in Japan and South Korea. Yet the U.S. alliances with Japan and South Korea have been among the most successful in this nation's history. While building a similar bond with Iraq may prove impossible, it's hard to understand why Democrats would oppose it in principle.
Hat tip: Clarice Feldman