Sunday, September 23, 2007
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My perspective on Gen. Petraeus' testimony before Congress is different than Mr. Wade's ("Political questioning of Petraeus 'traitorous,'" To The Editor, Tuesday).
I saw Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, treat Petraeus with admiration and respect while criticizing the policies of the Bush administration and expressing skepticism for the general's assessment of conditions in Iraq. I believe Wade misses the mark with his harsh contempt for those in Congress who express dissent for a failed foreign policy while ignoring the egregious actions of President Bush. Where is the outrage for those who lied to the American people to justify an unnecessary war that has cost so much in lives and resources?
As a result of Bush's decision to invade Iraq, we are isolated from many of our allies and less safe from those who would do us harm. Unfortunately, a precipitous withdrawal would likely result in more lives lost and greater instability in the Middle East. But our commitment to Iraq cannot be sustained without the backing of the American people, an overwhelming majority of which support neither the war in Iraq or Bush.
If Bush were sincere about bringing stability and security to Iraq, he would do what, regrettably, he is unable to do. That is to admit he made a mistake and lied to Congress and the American people. Then, and only then, Bush might regain enough credibility to unite the nation behind a continuing military presence in Iraq. Instead, he seems content on running out the clock and leaving the mess that he created to future generations. The problem is not those in Congress who openly disagree with Bush and his failed policies. The problem is Bush.