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Why President Bush's "Stay the Course" Iraq Policy is not only "a plan" but it is the "Right Plan" - by Pastor Dick Helms

Anyone that has been paying even brief attention to this year's presidential campaign must understand by now that the candidates have diametrically different goals regarding America's war on terrorism, including the ongoing conflict in Iraq. Let's briefly compare each of the candidates' goals and hopefully clarify the positions cutting through some of the confusion.

First let's take a look at Senator Kerry.

It may surprise some to hear me say that contrary to what you may have heard; Senator Kerry has at least one consistent goal regarding the Iraq war. That goal is to get American troops out of Iraq and turn the whole thing over to the French faction of the United Nations, sooner rather than later and at any cost. Even at the cost of America's long-term security (although he cannot understand that.) Please understand, that I am not saying that Senator Kerry is not a true American patriot. What I am saying is that his world view, like most liberal Democrats, is seriously flawed.

Senator Kerry served honorably and courageously in Vietnam years ago however, he has by his public behavior since then consistently undermined America's war/national defense efforts; First in Vietnam, then during the cold war, then during the Gulf war and now in America's war on terrorism, including the ongoing liberation of Iraq. We are today seeing this behavior again highlighted in the senator's continuous politically motivated pessimistic rhetoric regarding the war, including his incredible denigration of Iraqi Prime Minister, Ayad Allawi, openly accusing him of being a political lackey to the President.

The Senator, like most liberal Democrats, views America, not the terrorists, as the foremost problem in the world today. He cannot recognize the true evil and therefore does not understand the basic truth that you simply cannot trust, nor can you negotiate with that evil. He did not understand that as he twice met in Paris with the Viet Cong in the 1970s and it is obvious from his current behavior that he still does not understand that today.

As I write this, Senator Kerry is currently giving lip service to "victory" in Iraq. However, even a quick look at his history makes it painfully obvious that he is only willing to pursue that goal as long as the going is not too tough, and as long as the cost/price is not too high, and as long as it is politically advantageous. However, should the going get too tough or should the war cease to be politically advantageous, it is very clear from his consistent previous behavior that his response will be a quick "negotiated?" surrender and withdrawal (read "retreat") from Iraq.

At that point, The Terrorists Win. America cannot let that happen.

Now let's look at President Bush.

President Bush's primary goal is to defeat the terrorists, both inside and outside of Iraq, regardless of the cost. When that goal is achieved, then and only then should our troops leave Iraq. The President understands that evil cannot be negotiated with and more importantly he has the long view that liberty firmly planted is the only final answer to terrorism.

While there is an ongoing debate as to whether the liberation of Iraq was a valid part of our war on terror (which, by the way, is a debate that I believe to be without true merit) there can be no doubt that the liberation of Iraq has now defined the primary battleground in that war. As the President has often said we must take the fight to the terrorists so that we do not have to fight them in New York City or Philadelphia, PA or even here in Wellsville, NY.

Have mistakes been made? Only a fool would say that there have been none. The President himself has told us that miscalculations were made but, the very first principle of war fighting is that the war plan, no matter how good, will not survive the initial engagement.

Iraqi interim Prime Minister, Ayad Allawi, gave one of the best summaries of just how realistic the Bush (and Allawi) doctrine of "staying the course" is when he said during his address to our congress.

"For the skeptics, who do not understand the Iraqi people, they do not realize how decades of torture and repression feed our desire for freedom. At every step of the political process to date the courage and resilience of the Iraqi people has proved the doubters wrong."

"They said we would miss January deadline to pass the interim constitution."

"We proved them wrong."

"They warned that there could be no successful handover of sovereignty by the end of June. "

"We proved them wrong."

"A sovereign Iraqi government took over control two days early."

"They doubted whether a national conference could be staged this August."

"We proved them wrong."

"Despite intimidation and violence, over 1,400 citizens, a quarter of them women, from all regions and from every ethnic, religious and political grouping in Iraq, elected a national council."

"And I pledge to you today, we'll prove them wrong again over the elections."

As we get closer to the elections, ours and theirs, there will be increased violence and we will hear from the Kerry Campaign and their allies in the "MSM" that "we are losing the war". Don't you believe it for a moment! The coming increased violence is not a sign that we are loosing the war, but quite the contrary. It is a sign that we are winning and the terrorists are desperate because they know it.

As we follow the coming battles, we will mourn for the brave American, and Iraq, men and women that will be lost. But as we mourn, we must also be encouraged by the knowledge that with each small victory like those outlined by Prime Minister Allawi, past and future, we draw closer to the final victory that is President Bush's goal. The goal that America must embrace; Liberty firmly planted not only In Iraq, but throughout the Middle East.


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