Prominent Middle Georgia businessman, Ben G. Porter, sent a letter to Senator Saxby Chambliss on August 9, 2005, that he forwarded out to over a dozen prominent businessmen and elected officials. In his letter, Porter says
If our leadership waits too late to act, another great tragedy could befall our nation. History teaches us that an angry, disillusioned electorate seeks vengeance and will often punish the incumbents. The result could well be the loss of control of the government in the next two election cycles, creating another American tragedy.
I wish I could encourage our leaders to stay the course and bring this noble effort to a successful conclusion, but I am convinced that the costs, and the risks, are much too high. I pray that our leaders will act soon, very soon.
Porter says he does not want a complete abandonment of Iraq, but that we shoud pull out the troops and instead
We should support and assist the new government vigorously and generously, but with our military personnel removed from harmâ€™s way. We should give them equipment and arms, finance large loans and help them hire a multi-national force of mercenaries (including Arabs) to train and support their police, eliminate the insurgents, and maintain law and order. We should give them technical and financial assistance to hire and protect companies that choose to work there to rebuild the civil and industrial infrastructure. We should assist them to organize and install their new government.
Porter’s comments reflect a growing anxiety that I would argue is media induced. While we are losing American soliders at the rate of one per day, we have also opened more than three thousand schools, seen a coalition of kurds, shiites and sunnis work on a new constitution, revitalized hospitals across the nation, and ended a tyranny that saw
millions hundreds of thousands displaced, gassed, tortured, or otherwise slaughtered.1. Unfortunately, while we hear about the soldiers being killed, we rarely hear about any of the good.
Porter’s concerns are, I think, symptomatic of a slow August newscycle and an anti-war press that has done all it can to undermine the war effort through daily breaking news stories about dead soldiers while failing to fully or accurately report on the positive goings on in Iraq. I would suggest that Porter and those who share his concerns turn away from the local news reporters and go to places like these:
While I disagree with him, I’ll give him this — if the President is unable to change the tone of the Iraq War message, the GOP will probably get stomped next year. But, August is a no news cycle and the press gets to spend all of its time with the anti-war lefties camped out in Crawford.
1.I had originally said “millions gassed, tortured, and slaughtered,” but one of the commenters through a hissy fit and, despite his comment being deleted for profanity, he is correct, it was only hundreds of thousands who were gass, tortured, and slaughtered. To make it more accurate, I added “displaced” to the mix, having forgotten about those who lived in the swamps that he destroyed. In fact, growing up in the Middle East, some of my best friends were refugees from Saddam’s regime, all of whom had family members murdered by him. For more on why offing Saddam was a good thing, see here. Of course, some might say that link was prepared by those sinister neocons.
[EDITOR’S NOTE] The purpose of this post is not to get into the war, but to point out that some prominent Georgians are beginning to call on our elected leaders to pull out of Iraq. I personally disagree with that decision.