Today is a day to remember in the long saga of the War Against Terror as President Bush went deep into the heart of the struggle, Baghdad Iraq, to meet with the new Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki and his cabinet and others leaders to show support and to show those that have been armchair generals, sycophants and just plain against the struggle that he and the United States is in this for the long haul.
unfortunately, Mr. Bush's opponents, who dread these kind of days, have already called the visit to Iraq a political stunt and that there is no real change in the war situation.
But there is.
When Mr. Bush was in Baghdad, he was able to meet with a newly installed defense and interior minister that will lead the new government's offensive to further cut off the heads of those who continue terror and to bring stability and civilized government to a land long in need of both. The doomsayers said this day would not come. But Mr. al-Maliki proved them wrong and now has the strength of a unity government to reform the way that things are done.
Had Sen John F. Kerry been elected in 2004, this day would have not come because American troops would have been withdrawn and Iraq would have been in a full civil war and the butcher Abu Musab al-Zarqawi could have easily been in charge of a great deal of the country if not Baghdad itself.
Brave leaders sometimes have to stand up to what is NOT popular and stand up for what is right and true.
What is right is the beginning of a democratic Iraq. It may not be perfect and maybe sometimes different.
Truth is that terrorists WILL be defeated and when they are, they will resort to desperation and lack any potential support that they may have had from any of the public.
It was great to see President Bush in Baghdad with Prime Minister al-Maliki and showing support. Like another brave leader, Prime Minister Tony Blair of Great Britain, and those who have stood in support of this theater of the War On Terror, this is what leadership is all about.
It is about being brave.