By Jake Metcalfe
December 07, 2005
Today, as we reflect on that victory, it is difficult to ignore the stark contrast between President Roosevelt's leadership of the Second World War and President Bush's failed leadership on Iraq. Even today, President Bush delivered yet another speech in which he failed to present a clear plan for victory in Iraq. President Bush's continued failure to rally our allies and engage the international community in the effort to rebuild Iraq has forced the brave men and women in our armed forces to shoulder that burden almost entirely alone.
The more than 5,000 Alaskans serving today in Iraq and Afghanistan deserve better. They deserve leaders who honor their service and sacrifice with more than rosy rhetoric about staying the course, but with a plan for victory that includes clear benchmarks for success. They deserve leaders who understand that staying the course is not a strategy, but a sad excuse for not having a plan.
The time has come for Alaska's Republican Congressional Delegation to put partisanship aside and stand with Democrats in fighting for a real plan for victory in Iraq. We can only win this war if the Iraqi people are able to play a greater role in peacekeeping, if the president gives an honest assessment of what's really happening on the ground in Iraq, and if we take responsible measures to get the target off the backs of our troops. Alaska's delegation should join Democrats in fighting for a plan that makes this possible.
Note: Jake Metcalfe is the Alaska Democratic Party Chairman.
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