And let me be clear, the violence in Anbar has gone down despite the surge, not because of the surge. The inability of American soldiers to protect these tribes from al Qaeda said to these tribes we have to fight al Qaeda ourselves. It wasn't that the surge brought peace here. It was that the warlords took peace here, created a temporary peace here. And that is because there was no one else there protecting.A couple of things, Chuck-head. First, it was the blood, sweat, and tears of our Troops that got the Iraqis in al Anbar to join the fight against al Qaeda. It wasn't any inability to protect Iraqis on the part of our Troops that finally managed to convince the Iraqi tribal leaders in the region to actually fight against the terrorist animals who were murdering their men, women, and children. Instead, it was the constant sacrifice of our Troops on the behalf of the Iraqis that made the tribal leaders join us in our fight against al Qaeda.
Second, members of your party have been whining about the Iraqis not stepping up and solving the problems of the terrorist attacks in their own midst for themselves for over a year now. Senator Jack Reed said, "The Iraqis need to know that America's commitment of over 100,000 American troops is not unlimited. Iraq's problems can only be truly solved by Iraqis themselves." Then DNC Chairman Howard Dean, in his address to the DNC Spring Meeting in 2006, said, "Democrats will ensure that 2006 is a year of transition in Iraq – the Iraqis need to take responsibility for their own future." The Democrats laid out a comprehensive strategy for Iraq in late November of 2006 that included a goal "to make clear that Iraqis need to take responsibility for the future of their country." Senator Harry Reid, in a statement following the execution of Saddam Hussein, said, "Now, the Iraqi people have an opportunity to open a new chapter, by quelling the sectarian violence and building a nation for themselves."
So, Chuck-head, the Iraqis in al Anbar joined together with U.S. Troops to fight against al Qaeda, stepping up and taking a greater role in stopping the violence that the terrorists are committing against the Iraqi people, and you have the audacity to turn around and say that the only reason that the Iraqis are taking on al Qaeda in al Anbar is because, as you allege, our Troops lack the ability to protect them?
Now, I'm sure that Chuck-head will come out, much like B. Hussein Obama and John F'n Kerry, and say that his comments were misunderstood, and that he supports our Troops.
Regardless, I'd like him to go and stand before our Troops in Iraq. Go ahead, Chuck-head, and stand before our Troops in al Anbar and tell them that you believe that it was their inability to protect the Iraqis that drove them to fight for themselves. That, or apologize to them for suggesting, even if you end-up claiming that it was inadvertent, that they are incompetent.
Either way, Chuck-head formally joins the ranks of many Democrats who I believe have no devotion to, or love for, their own country.
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