Iraqi blogger Ali gives Howard Dean a thorough Fisking for his comments that the standard of living was better for Iraq under Saddam. He also has a stern message for the anti-war Democrats:
By statements like these you deny any honourable motives for the great job your people are doing here. How in your opinion will this affect the morale of your soldiers? Feeling that their people back at home don’t support them and that they’re abandoned to fight alone in the battlefield.
And all of this for what? For staying in the white house for 4 or 8 years? Is it worth it?
And this is not directed only to Mr. Dean, it’s for all the Americans who support such allegations without being aware of their consequences. What’s it that you fight so hard for, showing your soldiers as s occupiers and murderers, the soldiers who I had the honour of meeting many, and when talking to some of them, I didn’t see anything other than gentleness, honesty and good will and faith in what they’re doing.
Please consider this for a moment, does winning the elections and getting rid of GWB and the republicans worth the damage you’re inflicting on your men and women’s morale?
My heart goes with those brave people and the widows, orphans and mothers of the American soldiers who died while doing this great service for their country, ours and humanity. I can’t imagine what their response would be to such thoughtless words motivated with nothing more than selfish ambitions.
Ali gets it: the talk about Iraq being an unnecessary war, and arguing that our troops haven’t been able to make Iraq better is deeply hurtful to the troops. The vast majority of our fighting forces believe in this mission. They’ve seen the mass graves first hand, and they’ve seen the destruction of Saddam. They’ve also seen their friends and colleagues killed in order to see this through.
And now they not only have to contend with the enemy, but the friendly fire of the political opportunists who constantly degrade their mission and lower their morale. The same man who hurt his comrades in Vietnam with thoughtless lies is now doing the same to our troops today. The careless accusations like the one made by Howard Dean about Iraq place ambitious and partisan acrimony above our troops, which only serves to lower their morale and sap their strength. It’s reasons like these why the Democrats not only will lose in November, but deserve to.