Monday, December 19, 2005

Feingold Keeps Eye on Real War

While it’s easy to take a lot of time dissecting George W. Bush’s Oval-Office speech last night – and the extent to which it’s just more of the same, tired talking points over and over again – Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) continues to keep his eye on the real ball.

Rather than criticize the president’s Iraq approach, Feingold correctly chooses to focus on the war Bush is not fighting – the real “war on terror.”

“What we need is a flexible timeline for redeploying our troops from Iraq so that we can focus on what should be our top priority -- winning the global fight against terrorist networks that threaten the United States,” said Feingold, in a statement following Bush’s speech.

“Al Qaeda is active in 60 countries around the world and continues to recruit, train, and develop new strategies to inflict harm on the United States. Extremist organizations are present in another 20 countries and are developing new threats to the United States and our allies,” said Feingold. “The President needs to realize that his misguided, Iraq-centric policies are draining our military and intelligence capabilities and are undermining our efforts to combat al Qaeda and its allies.”

Feingold is right on the money. And no matter how successful Team Bush manages to be at perfuming the pig that is their Iraq quagmire, Democrats need to keep reminding Americans that this war didn’t need to happen and, more importantly, that every day we’re there makes us less safe and diverts resources from getting the people who actually did attack our country.

“All who had a part in this achievement -- Iraqis, and Americans and our coalition partners -- can be proud. Yet our work is not done,“ said Bush last night. The last sentence may be the only true thing he said – except that he should have said “our work has scarcely begun.”

Osama bin Laden is still free and al Qaeda is expanding their base all over the globe while we fight in a country that never attacked us. Yeah, that’s progress, all right.