Joe Lieberman, the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 2000 and a respected Senator from the great state of Connecticut, has just returned from his fourth trip to Iraq and reports “real progress there.” While he acknowledges that more needs to be done, this loyal Democrat has found that:
the Iraqi people are in reach of a watershed transformation from the primitive, killing tyranny of Saddam to modern, self-governing, self-securing nationhood–unless the great American military that has given them and us this unexpected opportunity is prematurely withdrawn.
That’s right, this Democrat opposes the premature withdrawal of our armed forces.
Among the process he noted was economic prosperity in the Kurdish North and increased electric power in the Shi’ite South, and saw elsewhere “more cars on the streets, satellite television dishes on the roofs, and literally millions more cell phones in Iraqi hands than before.” People were actively campaigning for next month’s legislative elections. “None of these remarkable changes would have happened,” this Democrat finds, “without the coalition forces led by the U.S.”
Iraq’s Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari claims “that his country now has the most open, democratic political system in the Arab world.” His people are far more optimistic about their future of their land than Americans are. “Two-thirds say they are better off than they were under Saddam, and a resounding 82% are confident their lives in Iraq will be better a year from now than they are today.”