I’ve been watching some of the State of the Union address tonight, and there was a comment President Bush made and a Democratic reaction that stunned me.
If you’ve ever watched a State of the Union address, then you know that it can seem like an up-and-down clapping fest. When President Bush says something Republicans like, they stand, and the Democrats will stand I think when they feel like they have to. That may be a little cynical of me, but that’s the way it seems.
Which brings me to a comment and reaction. The comment went like this…
For America, this is a nightmare scenario. For the enemy, this is the objective. Chaos is their greatest ally in this struggle. And out of chaos in Iraq, would emerge an emboldened enemy with new safe havens… new recruits … new resources … and an even greater determination to harm America. To allow this to happen would be to ignore the lessons of September 11th and invite tragedy. And ladies and gentlemen, nothing is more important at this moment in our history than for America to succeed in the Middle East … to succeed in Iraq … and to spare the American people from this danger.
Did Nanci Pelosi shoot of her chair like she did after some of the President’s statements. No. Did almost a whole half of the room leave their chairs at all after this comment? No. That’s sad.
You see Democrats in congress say they want to win the war. President Bush just said that winning the war in Iraq is critical to our nation, which was followed by silence on the Left. So, I guess they want to win the war, but only if it is won their way. Why can’t we just win the war? Why the stubborness?
It is critical that we succeed in Iraq. It is critical that Iraq becomes a free and stable country. It is critical that terrorism is halted. Has the President done everything correctly in handling this war? Of course not. Mistakes have been made. War is not easy. We shouldn’t fool ourselves into thinking that it is. What is important is that we make progress, and end this war as quickly as possible, so that our loved ones can come home, and so that our world is a safer place.
I only hope that we can overcome our political differences and come up with a solution that speeds this process along.