I got a copy of a Powerline e-mail, but the gents are away from their keyborad, so I cleared posting it with the Colonel:
Attached is my response sent to Powerline after the post from the Colonel in Tikrit.
I read with interest the letter from the Colonel in Tikrit. I completely agree with his sentiments. However, there is one point with which I disagree. The Democrats will not rush to claim victory after the success of the third election this year. Unfortunately, at a time when the military needs the support of all Americans, the Democrats are highlighting any negative news out of here for political gain.
As I write this, I am in a briefing room that has CNN on the screen. They are showing a press conference with Democratic leaders providing a “prebuttal” to the president’s speech on the war. A “PREBUTTAL”!!! They can’t even wait to provide a rebuttal. They are so afraid of success here, they have to express their lack of support before the president even has a chance to discuss the current situation with the election just 12 hours away.
Congressman Murtha continually quotes a poll saying that 80% of Iraqis want Americans out of this country. If a poll were taken at the close of the Revolutionary War, I am confident that 80% of Americans would have said they would like the French out of the U.S. However, that does not convey the gratitude Americans had for the support of the French and a desire to continue friendly relations after the war. Of course the Iraqis want us to leave. They want us to leave after their country is secure, after they have established a firm, legitimate government, and after the terrorists have been defeated.
This is a great and historical period in American history. We will all be proud of our accomplishments once the Iraqis establish the first truly democratic government in the Arab world. Unfortunately, the Democrats will not join in with that celebration; rather, they will continue to degrade support for the military and for the Iraqi people.
John M. Kanaley
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Embassy-Baghdad
The troops are watching –in real time, on a minute-by-minute basis– the debate in America. So our the Iraqi people. So are our allies. So are our enemies.