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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

In defense of true freedom

In a bait-and-switch for the ages, president Bush has turned talk away from a direct threat to the U.S., instead harping on freedom 'round the globe. Where was the threat, and when was it stopped? And doesn't that mean our troops' job is done? Iraq has regained its own military and police force now, and even the insurgents are firing on al-Qaeda. I think they can take care of themselves.

I agree that we cannot use a timetable, so that Islamic militants do not simply wait until the U.S. leaves to plan another strike. However, with civil war brewing, it's time for our soldiers to get out before they're caught up in a mess that has nothing to do with our country's interests. No, Iraq is not another Vietnam -- yet. Let's keep it that way.

Besides simply sparing our troops from a potential disaster, there's the hypocrisy factor. Not in a raving moonbattish sense, but in a Boy-Scout-trained-leader sense. Rule #1 in leading a group is to always set the example that you want others to follow. Our legislators aren't following up on Bush's message of freedom, but they remain unchastised by the president. This and similar attempts to tighten government control cannot stand, especially in light of another free speech ruling that could be considered much more appalling than flag-burning.