I fear we might lose the peace in Iraq - not on the battlefield, but in the political arena.
President Bush has decided to go to the U.N. for help with money and troops for restructuring Iraq following the smashing U.S. and British victory. But he wants to maintain American military control.
That is not playing well in the U.N., especially with France and Germany, which did all they could to keep the liberation of Iraq from happening. The French and Germans want the U.N. to take control and it doesn't take much imagination to realize what that would mean.
It would mean that American and British troops fought for nothing, because once the U.N. became involved, terrorists would prevail.
The U.N. is a wimpy, powerless organization. America's enemies are counting on us cutting and running. They have seen it in Vietnam, in Lebanon and in many other places. If we abandon Iraq there will be no stopping them.
We had better decide to do what it takes to win the peace and then do it.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.