Our most important ally
Our most important ally in the war in Iraq is, as the Vice President pointed out Tuesday evening, Iraq:
Cheney said in the debate, “Classic example. He [Kerry/Edwards] won‘t count the sacrifice and the contribution of Iraqi allies. It‘s their country. They‘re in the fight. They‘re increasingly the ones out there putting their necks on the line to take back their country from the terrorists and the old regime elements that are still left. They‘re doing a superb job.”One supposes Kerry/Edwards could argue that the Iraqis are a puppet of the Bush Administration. (In fact, they had done so when the Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi spoke to Congress last month.) They could argue that Iraq is not a "traditional ally," read: old Europe, read: France.
The vice president continued, “You suggested somehow they shouldn‘t count, because you want to be able to say that the Americans are taking 90 percent of the sacrifice. You cannot succeed in this effort if you‘re not willing to recognize the enormous contribution the Iraqis are increasingly making to their own future. We‘ll win when they take on responsibility for governance, which they‘re doing, and when the take on responsibility for their own security, which they increasingly are doing.”
The entire Kerry foreign policy seems to boil down to not pissing off France. If we can jump through the right hoops to do this, Kerry's worldview seems to maintain, our foreign policy will be successful. Which is fine if we don't mind getting our asses kicked by terrorist mutants.