Congress or courage?

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Navy Lt. Ja­son Nichols is an in­for­ma­tion spe­cial­ist sta­tioned in Bagh­dad. He’s also founder of the Web site Ap­peal­For­, where he has posted his per­sonal thoughts about the re­cent pro­pos­als by Democrats — now, it ap­pears, with the back­ing of cer­tain Repub­li­cans — to aban­don the all­but “lost” war in Iraq and bring U.S. troops home.

Therein lies the prob­lem, he says.

“The Amer­i­can pub­lic is not tired of the war; they are tired of be­liev­ing that they are los­ing,” Lt. Nichols opines. “They are tired of the daily drum­beat of pes­simism and de­feat pro­moted daily by our me­dia and by some in our Congress.

“They don’t un­der­stand that build­ing a democ­racy is a slow process that takes years, that vic­tory in Iraq will be more like the fall of com­mu­nism than like VE Day in 1945. Like it or not, it is in­cum­bent upon us in the mil­i­tary to cor­rect this mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of our ef­forts. We have a duty to con­vince the Amer­i­can pub­lic why we must stay and fin­ish the mis­sion.”

“There is no doubt that we can cre­ate a stable democ­racy in Iraq — if we have courage enough to do so.”

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