A Big 'Thank You' from Iraq Would Help Bush in 2004

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, December 11, 2003

A Big 'Thank You' from Iraq Would Help Bush in 2004

After months of pounding on president bush for the way the post war is going in Iraq, USA Today has some bad news for the Democratic presidential candidates:

Public support for the effort in Iraq has climbed back to its highest level since August.

Political analysts suggest the positive impact from President Bush’s surprise Thanksgiving visit to Iraq, and a relatively low level of U.S. deaths over the past two weeks, might be driving the approval rise.

What is needed is a constant telling of the story. I still think that Iraqis who hated Saddam Hussein’s evil regime and are grateful for their liberation should be brought to America for a large "thank you" rally.

They should tell their stories about torture and pain under Saddam and they should be allowed to thank Americans for their sacrifice and investment.

Americans feel underappreciated. Allowing Iraqis to tell their stories and thank America and President Bush would increase support even more.

It would also force the Democratic candidates into a defensive position.

So why isn’t this being done?

I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.