Monday, March 18, 2013

Rep. Tom Cotton: 'Just and Noble War in Iraq'

It's the ten-year anniversary of the Iraq war and the left is using this as a chance to (hypocritically) delegitimize the use of force in national security policy. But Rep. Tom Cotton, an Iraq war veteran and freshman Member of Congress from Arkansas, is having none of it. He's a very articulate spokesman for the nobility of the mission and for the sacrifices Americans have made for freedom in the Middle East:

Also at the video is Democrat Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii. She's also very articulate, but unfortunately is typical of the Democrat Party stab-in-the-back mentality on Iraq.

Plus, more leftist treason from Howard Fineman, at PuffHo, "Iraq War 10th Anniversary Reminds Us of the Questions We Didn't Ask" (via Memeorandum).

More, typically antiwar in tone, at USA Today, "10 years later, many see Iraq War as costly mistake."

I think this ABC News poll captures the trajectory of the politics of the war. Iraq was popular at the beginning, but Americans rejected the prolonged deployment. See, "A Decade on, Most are Critical of the U.S.-Led War in Iraq." Especially interesting is the partisan breakdown:
There are lingering political and ideological differences in views on Iraq, with support much higher among Republicans and conservatives compared with others. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans and 55 percent of conservatives say the war was worth fighting; just 35 percent of independents and 27 percent of Democrats, respectively, agree, as do just three in 10 liberals and moderates alike. Results on Afghanistan are similar among partisan groups.
The Democrats: the party of defeat and treason.