The Administration relied for advice on self-promoting Iraqi exiles who were out of touch with the Iraqi people and resented by them--and the result is an America regarded as occupier, not as liberator.What are we in his mind I wonder. You can read the rest for yourself but it really bugs the heck out of me when our leaders get on their soapboxes and publicly reveal pertinent info to our enemies about our weaknesses, military losses and mistakes. He is basically sending a "coded" message to the enemy saying "hey, we are hurtin' bad and the terrorist are winning, and not only that but are perceived as heroes by many in the world". If a speech like this doesn't embolden our enemies to keep on keepin on then I'm a monkey's uncle! Does anyone else see the blatant idiocy of such actions? I mean, whose side is this man on? Who is he rooting for? Referring to the terrorist as "insurgents", pointing out that most of them are home grown... so what if they are Iraqi or foreign? They are still terrorists! One key point he fails to realize is that we are fighting this war, not just to liberate Iraq, but to keep these guys from bringing the fight over here on American soil. Capturing Bin Laden or Zarqawi is not going to end terrorism, nor is it going to cripple it severely, but spreading the seeds of democracy and freedom in the very garden that spawned these two individuals and others like them, is what's going to bring victory to the world.
The more democracy spreads in this world the safer we become, very simple reasoning, yet, it is not going to come easily. It took many years for America to become as free as it is today, with much death and bloodshed. In another place in his speech, Kennedy compared Iraq to Viet Nam, well, he has a point, maybe not the one he intended to make, Iraq is very much like Viet Nam, for just as negative propaganda about the war gave the perception of loss on our part and emboldened the enemy to keep fighting then, what is going to ultimately win this war is our ability to change minds through positive propaganda we send to our enemies today, just like in Nam, if we continue to allow dissent and back-biting to ensue among our leaders none-the-less in the public sphere, we will truly lose this war in the minds of the terrorists, and ultimately the Iraqi people who truly do desire freedom. We will win militarily, but will lose politically, and when we do finally exit Iraq, it will be far worse off then before we came. No thanks to the likes of the Ted Kennedy's on "our side".