Go for the Knockout

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    Going for the Knockout
    By Suzanne Fields, The Washington Times
    December 5, 2005

    The Iraqis, who know better than anyone about what's going on in their country, are more optimistic about winning the war for democracy than the Americans (translate this: Democrats). Marines with their lives on the line are considerably more faithful to the cause than the politicians in Washington. The deaths of 10 Marines in one incident last week testifies to the price of "semper fi".

    The polls show Americans turning against the war, with the media chorus eager to sing the siren call to the troops. President Bush, speaking to the Class of '06 at the U.S. Naval Academy, and Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut Democrat who wrote an important op-ed in the Wall Street Journal reporting on his fourth visit to Iraq, delivered a one-two punch that ought to knock some sense into the heads of Americans who have "gone wobbly."

    "While U.S. public opinion polls show serious declines in support for the war and increasing pessimism about how it will end, polls conducted by Iraqis for Iraqi universities show increasing optimism," the senator wrote. "Two-thirds say they are better off than they were under Saddam [Hussein] and a resounding 82 percent are confident their lives in Iraq will be better a year from now than they are today."

    Critics of the war might think these Iraqis are smoking something besides water in their pipes, but the Iraqis have suffered and the critics haven't. The Iraqis can see what is not so visible from afar, the flowering of democracy from the seeds we planted in a garden of evil. The Iraqis didn't start the war, but they're in it; and they understand that someone will win it, and it had better be the small "d" democrats.

    We were spoiled by the facile symbolism of the toppling of Saddam, both of the statue and the man. The president describes mistakes he made at the beginning of the war, but counsels patience with clarity. He asks Americans to visit whitehouse.gov, where a document called, "National Strategy for Victory in Iraq," is posted. It's worth the trip.

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