George W. Bush says: "Whatever mistakes have been made in Iraq, the worst mistake would be to think that if we pulled out, the terrorists would leave us alone, They will not leave us alone. They will follow us. The safety of America depends on the outcome of the battle in the streets of Baghdad."
Pardon me, Mr President, but I have to say that you are full of shit.
The President, for the first time, suggests that "mistakes" have been made in Iraq, even though he won't say what those mistakes might have been (like... invading the country in the first place?). He then goes on to make a leap that the most liberal politicians and commentators in this country have never made by suggesting that people believe that terrorists "will leave us alone" if we exit from Iraq.
I've never heard anyone say that, have you?
The President says that the safety of America depends on the outcome of the battle in the streets of Baghdad, which is another huge leap in logic.
Look, pinhead, here are some facts:
The war in Iraq isn't about terrorism. It is about the illegal, immoral, and unjust invasion of a sovereign nation. An invasion that our nation's armed forces undertook at your sole instigation. No one believes that terrorism will go away, just because we exit from Iraq. The reason that most Americans think we should exit Iraq is that there is no clear reason that our soldiers should be there getting killed. Most Americans don't believe that fighting insurgents and Jihadis in Iraq has anything to do with our national security, and they are right. Most Americans don't want our troops involved in a civil war... especially a civil war where none of the warring factions have any particular love for the United States.
No sir, exiting Iraq won't end terrorism, but staying there won't end it either.
What exiting Iraq WILL do, is allow us to reconstitute our armed forces. Do you have any idea how much this is costing? How much in terms of recruitment (we are now recruiting people with criminal backgrounds), and in terms of discipline, and ill health and weapons that have gone way past their service life (combat does that), destroyed and damaged tanks and helicopters etc...?
Exiting Iraq will also allow us to focus our military in other areas... areas where they will be more suited. After all, thinking you can fight terrorism with tanks and attack helicopters is friggin' stupid, it is nearly beyond explanation. It's true folks, conventional armed forces don't beat insurgents. Ever. See: Vietnam I & II, Israel v. Hezbollah '06, The American Revolution (forgot that one, did you?), Fulgencio Batista's Cuban army v. Castro's guerrillas, and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionario de Colombia (FARC) v. The Colombian army (current)
I am so bleeding sick of the idiot logic that says: "fight them there so we don't have to fight them here".
The war in Iraq will produce at least one certain outcome which I am certain that the current administration didn't expect; The guarantee of another mullah-led Islamic republic in the Middle East. Count on it. As soon as we leave... even if we don't leave, the current "democratic" government of Iraq will collapse and the government that follows will immediately declare the Islamic republic... even while in the throes of a civil war.
History will judge you harshly Mr Bush, and it won't take it's time about it, either. There will be no fond remembrances about you like there were for Ronald Reagan (another dope, but a nice guy). You will likely be known as the worst President of the twenty first century. It is a fitting epitaph, but even so, better than you deserve.