"Ladies and gentlemen, we got him."
L. Paul Bremer, civilian coalition administration, announcing the capture of Saddam Hussein in December 2003.
I will never forget the morning of Sunday, December 14, 2003 when our phone rang at about 7:00 am. My sister-in law, a Desert Storm military vet, called to tell us the good news. While it took a good thirty seconds to register, I quickly dashed downstairs to see if it was true. Sure enough, I was not dreaming. While viewing the news footage of Hussein I saw that the “Baghdad Lion” looked to be nothing more than a toothless kitten upon his capture.
I felt a similar sense of victory this morning when I heard the news of the #2
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida leader in Iraq who waged a bloody campaign of suicide bombings and beheadings of hostages, has been killed in a precision airstrike (see video footage here), U.S. and Iraqi officials said Thursday. It was a long-sought victory in the war in Iraq.
Al-Zarqawi and seven aides, including spiritual adviser Sheik Abdul Rahman, were killed Wednesday evening in a remote area 30 miles northeast of Baghdad in the volatile province of Diyala, just east of the provincial capital of Baqouba, officials said.
"Al-Zarqawi was eliminated," Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said.
At the White House, President Bush hailed the killing as "a severe blow to al-Qaida and it is a significant victory in the war on terror."
But he cautioned: "We have tough days ahead of us in Iraq that will require the continuing patience of the American people."
This is why I have continued to support the President despite the enormous federal spending and his bungling of the immigration issue. He has never looked at the war on terror as a political battle. Rather he looks at this conflict as fulfilling his duty as Commander in Chief to protect this Nation from those who seek to kill us.
The President has always been able to see the “forest for the trees” in the Iraqi conflict. It has driven liberals and the
That very subject came up in this morning’s press briefing with White House press secretary Tony Snow.
Snow: The President understands what the polls are, but he also understands what his obligations are as Commander-in-Chief. And if the polling data is contrary to the national security interests, guess what -- national security interests win, period. That's how he views it. And so you can look at the poll data -- and we do, we've taken very cold and honest looks at the poll data -- but the one thing as Commander-in-Chief, he is not going to fail in Iraq. He is not going to permit failure, and therefore, even if at times that may seem to fly in the face of public opinion, he knows his job as Commander-in-Chief of the United States is to carry out his constitutional obligations. And one of the things that is a strong point of this President is that he'll do it, regardless of what the polls say.
I also find it interesting that Al-Zarqawi’s death has been downplayed in some media outlets. In fact, some factions of the press have pointed out that we shouldn’t overhype this event since many al-Qaida members have been killed previously in the Iraqi conflict.
Why wasn’t that reported when it actually happened?
I guess that’s what happens when certain people are so invested in our defeat in Iraq. Whatever good news that has taken place is continually overshadowed by isolated incidents such as Abu Ghraib and Haditha.
People can try to spin this any way they want. But the fact remains that we’re the United States of America. Our military has never lost a war unless we were sabotaged from within.
Thankfully, we have a President who has never wavered in his quest to win the war on terror.