Thursday, June 16

IRAQ PULL-OUT MEASURE SUPPORTED BY TWO REPUBLICANS AND TWO DEMOCRATS

"Yahoo News" has just posted this report of a resolution supported by four House Congressmen -- Representatives Walter Jones (R-NC), Ron Paul (R-TX), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), and Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) -- calling on President Bush to begin a troop withdrawal from Iraq by no later than October 1, 2006, with a formal withdrawl plan developed and communicated by year-end.

If this resolution gains traction in Congress, the insurgents will be celebrating in the streets. A published timetable would play right into their hands and end the uncertainty over whether or not the United States will stay the course until al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and other terrorist organizations are defeated.

It would appear even more incumbent upon the President of the United States to begin now what he should have begun many, many months ago -- namely, regularly held briefings (e.g., bi-weekly) for the American people on the status of the war in Iraq and the overall War On Terror. In this regard, he has been anything but the "Great Communicator." Into such a vacumn of information and the altogether unexplainable absence of an ongoing justification for these wars slips the likes of these four "cut-and-run" advocates who would undermine our troops, the genuine advances made by our country and its allies (principal among them Iraq itself) in the Middle East, while rendering useless the sacrafices of life and limb made by our brave and noble fighting men and women following the "9/11" terrorist assault on our country.

We have not had a terrorist attack in this country since "9/11." Who would have thought that possible? In that regard alone, the Bush Administration ought to have credibility with the American people, if not with the mainstream media and the Democratic Party's contingent of handwrnging Liberals. That said, however, the president must understand that with any difficult enterprise, there must be ongoing factual communication!