There are many positive, as well as negative, developments in Iraq, as there are in all wars. Much of the insurgency is coming from, or is supported by, neighboring governments which do not want the elected Iraqi government to succeed. They fear undermining their own dictatorial powers. Anbar province is much more peaceful than a year ago when many predicted it was lost.
The idea we can leave with no consequences to Iraqis or to America is foolish in the extreme. This war is like a virus. It will spread – and in fact is spreading – by a religious carrier known as Islam. It is without borders and it is willing to sacrifice everything in pursuit of its fanatical and diabolical objectives. It is betting everything that we do not have the commitment it does.
Liberal democrats and a few Republicans want to leave the job in Iraq unfinished. If we do, al Qaeda and other terrorists will finish us.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.