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Wednesday, July 16, 2003
" It looks like we're going to be in Iraq eight or 10 years. I think the president would have been better served by saying, we may have to be in Iraq for a long, long time to preserve the peace," John Fund of The Wall Street Journal said last night on CNN's NewsNight with Aaron Brown.
Fund, a general supporter of the "war on terror," probably isn't alone in this belief, but the facts don't support the contention. Say what you will about President George W. Bush, but don't deny that he has repeatedly stressed that involvement in Iraq would likely be a lengthy endeavor. "Rebuilding Iraq will require a sustained commitment from many nations, including our own: we will remain in Iraq as long as necessary, and not a day more," "War has no certainty, except the certainty of sacrifice," "A campaign on the harsh terrain of a nation as large as California could be longer and more difficult than some predict. And helping Iraqis achieve a united, stable and free country will require our sustained commitment" and "The transition from dictatorship to democracy will take time, but it is worth every effort. Our coalition will stay until our work is done" are a few quotes from Bush's speeches that make this clear.
One could argue that Bush didn't stress this part in his public statements or that public wasn't listening, but that is different from saying Bush didn't say these things.
Then there are those who believe the problems the U.S. is currently facing in Iraq could be cured if Bush were to just internationalize the mission. This view, which was expressed by Senator Ted Kennedy on yesterday’s edition of CNN”s Inside Politics, ignores that the problems in Iraq stem from there being an occupying force in Iraq and having more countries participate will neither alter this fact nor reduce the actual and symbolic importance of the U.S. in the occupation. Of course this faulty reasoning is to be expected from the people who like U.N. interventions.