March 21, 2008
The media are full of stories about the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war. They have been largely AWOL on the progress made by the surge in Iraq. Had it failed, you can bet they would have been all over it.
If you read Bob Beckel’s and my common ground column in USA Today, yesterday, you know my position on this war. It will be a long one, not all of it shooting. It will involve infiltration, seduction, clandestine activities and attempts to undermine our nation in the name of tolerance.
Our enemies are patient. They believe we are impatient. The evidence supports them. Look at the presidential candidates and note the difference between the one who wants to win and the two who want to retreat and effectively allow the enemy to win.
There are many adjustments that can be made, including sending Iraq a bill for what we have paid to buy their freedom. There is no reason the U.S. should pay for all, or even most of this war. Iraq has plenty of oil. Let them start picking up the bill. Still, we must win, no matter how long it takes.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.