Wednesday, November 30, 2005

President Outlines Plan for Victory in Iraq

Today, President Bush outlined publicly a comprehensive plan for victory in our war with terrorists in Iraq during an address to the Naval Academy in Annapolis. This follows yesterday's Wall Street Journal column by Senator Joe Lieberman detailing the great, unreported success we are having in Iraq and the need for us to follow the course and not abandon our mission. The White House has posted on its Web site the National Strategy for Victory in Iraq and I encourage you to at least read its summary if not the full document.

While this President has generally done his job well, communication is one area where he has left much to be desired. More than just achieving results, it's crucial for a politician to communicate his success to the people and constantly remind us of it. The economy is humming along at 4.2% GDP growth. Democracy is taking hold in Iraq and the terrorists are now in their final stages of desperation to derail freedom and representative government in the Arab world. Yet, most people's perceptions have not been aligned with reality due to the White House's poor communication.

Mr. President, let us know daily how well things are doing, for your opponents will continue to falsely portray us as being mired in a quagmire abroad and the Second Great Depression at home.