After nearly four-and-a-half years of war, the argument over Iraq has become very tired indeed.
The left claims that the war was stupid then, and that it's even more stupid today. The right of course says that we fight terrorism abroad or we'll have to fight it at home - like the rest of the world maybe? Blah, blah, blah, ad infinitum.
But then, every now and again a little nuance is added, and the old argument gets reinvigorated. Case in point: Recently a report came down stating that al-Qaida has not only reconstituted itself, but is now even bigger than before the attacks of 9/11 - evidence for the left that the Bush effort to thwart al-Qaida has been an abject failure. The right, once again, has a different take. They say that al-Qaida may have grown in some respects, but the threat to our homeland has been severely compromised. Many experts conclude that the arguments amounts to push. But the left is angered by the thought of more than 3,000 dead for a push. Consequently, more fuel gets thrown on the "get out of Iraq now" fire. The right then counters with the belief that leaving Iraq before the job is done would be like spitting on the graves of those who have sacrificed everything for a just cause.
Confused? Well don't be. Terrorism around the world grows right along with population. And since world population isn't going to decline anytime soon, then we can all expect terrorism - and al-Qaida - to continue to grow. The argument for the left then becomes: If terrorism is inevitable, and attacking it in Iraq is quite possibly making it worse, then leaving Iraq now will most likely make it better.
Don't believe it. That's like sticking your head in the sand and allowing terrorism to rule the night. But it's not about letting terror grow in the dark. It's about making it glow in the dark. And that's exactly what we're doing - at least until the Billary Obama show begins in '09. What a great country.