Iraq Study Group Answers Wrong Question
Any one who offers to help solve a problem must first demonstrate that they understand what that problem is. If they begin with an inaccurate view of the source of the trouble they cannot logically offer a constructive opinion on how to overcome that problem. Politicians these days seem quite adept at addressing every aspect of an issue without ever touching on the reason the problem exists. It's like trying to drive a nail by hitting the wood around it but never hitting it on the head. Such is the situation with the greatly ballyhooed Iraq Study Group.
Most will agree that the main problem in Iraq is stopping the violence. On page ten of the report issued by the Iraq Study Group the address the sources of the violence. No where do they mention Syria's or Iran's support of groups within Iraq that are killing citizens and police in an effort to destabilize the country. The closest they come to this most important aspect of the trouble there is this:
Foreign fighters— an estimated 1,300— play a supporting role or carry out suicide operations.
OK, where do the foreign fighters come from? Who sends and supports them? Evidence of Iran and Syria supporting the insurgency is already public yet these people want to consult these two terrorist nations on how to stop the violence. Sounds a lot like Neville Chamberlain consulting Germany on solving the problem of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia. More importantly however is they are doing that same with Iraq as was done with South Vietnam.
Not willing to deal with the real issue of the aggression of the North Vietnamese against the South with the support of the Soviet Union, the liberals forced the acceleration of the training of the South Vietnamese army to an impossible deadline and redeployed our troops with the promise to return if the North violated the peace treaty. The North never honored the treaty. Our promises were not only never kept but funds to support the South Vietnamese army were cut in half leading directly to the fall of the country to its enemy. The diplomacy this group advocates only works with nations that want to come to an agreement. It only helps an enemy that is actively engaged in opposing us.
By pretending that Syria and Iran are not part of the problem the Iraq Study Group is fooling itself and endangering us all.
Political dishonesty says, DO NOT Let the Iraq Study Group’s Report Fool You!
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