Q&A Friday #42: What’s The Turning Point?

Question: “It’s easy to see a tide turn,” President Bush said yesterday referring to developments in Iraq. He quickly added, “Did I say those words?”

June 2004: Bush on the transfer of sovereignty to the interim government: “A turning point will come in less than two weeks.”

Jan. 29, 2005: Bush on the Iraqi election: “Tomorrow the world will witness a turning point in the history of Iraq.”

January 2005: Vice President Cheney on the Iraqi election: “The basic point, and one I’ve made already that I believe that the elections were the turning point.”

Dec. 12, 2005: Bush on progress: “There’s still a lot of difficult work to be done in Iraq, but … the year 2005 will be recorded as a turning point in the history of Iraq.”

May 1, 2006: Bush on the formation of a national unity government: “We believe this is a turning point for the Iraqi citizens.”

My question is, is this a turning point in Iraq? And if so, what direction were we going in before this?” — D-Vega

Answer: You never really know what the turning point of a war is until well it happens. Did the Battle of Britain, Midway, or our victory at Guadalcanal win WW2 for the Allies? No. But, they were all important steps forward that helped eventually pave the way for victory.

Unfortunately, a lot of people on the left in this country have forgotten something almost everyone knew back then. When your side wins and the other side suffers a great defeat, you celebrate the victory, you try to figure out how it moves you closer to victory, and you keep on rooting for your side to win. Too many liberals fail consistently on all three of those counts.

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