Bush will choose to defeat Iran rather than be defeated by it

Bush correctly argued,

    The consequences of failure are clear: Radical Islamic extremists would grow in strength and gain new recruits. They would be in a better position to topple moderate governments, create chaos in the region, and use oil revenues to fund their ambitions. Iran would be emboldened in its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Our enemies would have a safe haven from which to plan and launch attacks on the American people.

Yet cautions

    I’ve made it clear to the Prime Minister and Iraq’s other leaders that America’s commitment is not open-ended. If the Iraqi government does not follow through on its promises, it will lose the support of the American people

That is a sop to the cut and run crowd. The truth is that the threat is so great that Bush intends an open-ended commitment to victory.

    But victory in Iraq will bring something new in the Arab world — a functioning democracy that polices its territory, upholds the rule of law, respects fundamental human liberties, and answers to its people. A democratic Iraq will not be perfect. But it will be a country that fights terrorists instead of harboring them — and it will help bring a future of peace and security for our children and our grandchildren.

And if it boils down to a choice between whether the US loses or Iran loses, guess who the loser will be. That oughta be a no-brainer.

January 12, 2007 | Comments Off on Bush will choose to defeat Iran rather than be defeated by it

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