Wednesday, March 22, 2006

What if We Lose in Iraq?

See Wall Street Journal March 22, 2006 Editorial available on their Opinion Journal web site.
What If We Lose? Includes:

■ “The U.S. would lose all credibility on weapons proliferation.”
■ “Broader Mideast instability. No one should underestimate America's deterrent effect in that unstable region, a benefit that would vanish if we left Iraq precipitously.”
■ “We would lose all credibility with Muslim reformers.”
■ “We would invite more terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. Osama bin Laden said many times that he saw the weak U.S. response to Somalia and the Khobar Towers and USS Cole bombings as evidence that we lacked the will for a long fight…”
■ “We still believe victory in Iraq is possible, indeed likely, notwithstanding its costs and difficulties. But the desire among so many of our political elites to repudiate Mr. Bush and his foreign policy is creating a dangerous public pessimism that could yet lead to defeat -- a defeat whose price would be paid by all Americans, and for years to come.”


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