Murtha and Sheehan may have been surprised to learn that Iraqi's who are listening to them and to the MSM are starting to worry that the U.S. will break promises and cut and run before their country is stable... Isn't it odd for the left to be arguing for the Iraqis, but saying the opposite of what the Iraqis are saying?
"...[Adel Abdul Mahdi, who has been one of America's key allies in the attempt to replace Saddam Hussein's totalitarianism with a democratic political system] was here to deliver a message, and ask a question, on behalf of Shiite Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, who remains Iraq's single most influential figure -- and the linchpin of the past 40 months of political reconstruction. Sistani's message to Bush, Mahdi told a group of reporters I joined last week, was that "Iraqis are sticking to the principles of the constitution and democracy." But the ayatollah wanted to know if the United States is still on board as well.
"It's a critical moment. We want to be sure that we understand perfectly what's going on, and what is the real strategy of the United States in Iraq," Mahdi said. "We read in the press about different perspectives and attitudes. That's why we want to be clear -- whether there is a Plan B."
Mahdi said he got Bush's commitment to stand by the government. But the uncertainty he expressed on behalf of Sistani was real. "When I read the [American] press, I'm confused," said the burly, bearded economist, who was educated in a Jesuit school in Baghdad and later in France and who speaks fluent English.
The worry goes deeper than that caused by growing calls for a speedy withdrawal of U.S. troops, or by reports that some even in the Bush administration are considering the abandonment of Iraqi democracy. As Mahdi sees it, American and Iraqi agendas are more broadly out of sync. Whether or not they support the government and the war, Americans are looking for ways to quickly reverse -- or escape from -- the deteriorating situation they see on the ground...." (Read the Whole Article)
I too hate the fact that Soldiers and Marines are still dying --and that it seems as if the Iraqis don't want us there --but I have to keep telling myself not to trust what I see reported by the "Drive-By Media"... I have to trust the boots on the ground and as long as they believe in the mission -I do too. I only wish they could fight it to win it and leave PC considerations where they belong (which isn't in war).