April 26, 2007

Joe-Mentum - The Last Voice Of Reason In The Democrat Party

Lieberman spells it out for his party, who can't - or won't - understand that they are doing the enemy's bidding:

What is needed in Iraq policy is not overheated rhetoric but a sober assessment of the progress we have made and the challenges we still face.

In the two months since Petraeus took command, the United States and its Iraqi allies have made encouraging progress on two problems that once seemed intractable: tamping down the Shiite-led sectarian violence that paralyzed Baghdad until recently and consolidating support from Iraqi Sunnis -- particularly in Anbar, a province dismissed just a few months ago as hopelessly mired in insurgency.

This progress is real, but it is still preliminary.

The suicide bombings we see now in Iraq are an attempt to reverse these gains: a deliberate, calculated counteroffensive led foremost by al-Qaeda, the same network of Islamist extremists that perpetrated catastrophic attacks in Kenya, Indonesia, Turkey and, yes, New York and Washington.

Indeed, to the extent that last week's bloodshed clarified anything, it is that the battle of Baghdad is increasingly a battle against al-Qaeda. Whether we like it or not, al-Qaeda views the Iraqi capital as a central front of its war against us.

Al-Qaeda's strategy for victory in Iraq is clear. It is trying to kill as many innocent people as possible in the hope of reigniting Shiite sectarian violence and terrorizing the Sunnis into submission.

In other words, just as Petraeus and his troops are working to empower and unite Iraqi moderates by establishing basic security, al-Qaeda is trying to divide and conquer with spectacular acts of butchery.

That is why the suggestion that we can fight al-Qaeda but stay out of Iraq's "civil war" is specious, since the very crux of al-Qaeda's strategy in Iraq has been to try to provoke civil war.

The current wave of suicide bombings in Iraq is also aimed at us here in the United States -- to obscure the recent gains we have made and to convince the American public that our efforts in Iraq are futile and that we should retreat.

When politicians here declare that Iraq is "lost" in reaction to al-Qaeda's terrorist attacks and demand timetables for withdrawal, they are doing exactly what al-Qaeda hopes they will do, although I know that is not their intent.

He's talking about you, Harry. But I don't necessarily share Joe's assessment of your intent.

Yips! from Robbo: Even NPR gave Joe a little air time in its noon newspot today.

Posted by Gary at April 26, 2007 10:02 AM | TrackBack

As Glen Reynolds pointed out, Joe could fire Harry if he really wanted to.

Posted by: Hucbald at April 26, 2007 11:51 AM

And it is why Lieberman has an "I" and not a "D" by his name now.

Posted by: rbj at April 26, 2007 12:50 PM

As RBJ said, Liberman is not a Democrat (and it is the Democratic party), he is a Liberman for Connecticut party member.

Posted by: LB Buddy at April 26, 2007 02:58 PM