I have never been more discouraged by the prevailing attitude in our country than I am now as we face serious choices about the war in Iraq and the consequences of failure.
Four years ago, the U.S. Senate voted 77-23 to authorize the war in Iraq; the House followed suit 296-133. Upwards of 70 percent of us supported removing Saddam Hussein and replacing him with a democratically-elected government.
Today, the poll numbers are virtually reversed. Majorities of Americans now believe going to war was the wrong thing to do, that sectarian violence cannot be resolved anytime soon, and that President Bush’s plan to send deploy more troops is a non-starter.
It’s not hard to understand why. The "news" from Iraq is almost never good – perhaps because it’s much easier to report bombings and body counts from the safety of a news bureau than it is to interview regular Iraqis who, in so many parts of the country, are benefiting from schools, jobs and opportunities that wouldn’t exist were it not for America’s intervention.