Sunday, November 27, 2005

What Are We Doing in Iraq?

In his weekly radio address yesterday, Dubya said, "The military families who mourn the fallen can know that America will not forget their sacrifice, and they can know that we will honor that sacrifice by completing the noble mission for which their loved ones gave their lives." Joe in DC at AmericaBlog asks, "Does anyone know exactly what the noble mission is?"

This morning I read this from the Guardian Unlimited:

Human rights abuses in Iraq are now as bad as they were under Saddam Hussein and are even in danger of eclipsing his record, according to the country's first Prime Minister after the fall of Saddam's regime.

'People are doing the same as [in] Saddam's time and worse,' Ayad Allawi told The Observer. 'It is an appropriate comparison. People are remembering the days of Saddam. These were the precise reasons that we fought Saddam and now we are seeing the same things.'

So what is the "noble mission" of which Dubya speaks? Does he know? Does anyone in his administration know? This is the question Cindy Sheehan keeps asking. It is now the question the Iraqi people are asking. Perhaps it's time for Dubya to be more specific and answer the question.