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Sunday, January 25, 2004

Democrats are wrong about 'unilateralism'

by Jack Kelly, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Police commander Gonzalez Perez Garcia, in charge of security for a Spanish brigade, was shot in the forehead by terrorists while he was sitting in his car in the town of Diwaniyah in southern Iraq on Jan. 22. Garcia's injury was inflicted less than 48 hours after he, his country and the soldiers of 33 other nations were insulted by the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives."[The president] has pursued a go-it-alone foreign policy that leaves us isolated abroad," said Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California in her response to the State of the Union address. "He failed to build a true international coalition."

As of Jan. 21, 97 soldiers from Britain, Poland, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Thailand and the Ukraine have been killed in Iraq, according to the Web site Iraq Coalition Casualties Count. Soldiers from 34 countries besides the United States -- a much larger coalition than that assembled to beat the Nazis in World War II -- are taking part in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and another 13 nations are supplying non-military assistance...

The Bush diplomacy for which Pelosi has such scorn is making great progress in alleviating the principal economic problem facing postwar Iraq, the massive debt run up by Saddam Hussein in his pursuit of weapons, palaces and Swiss bank accounts.

Germany is willing to forgive the entire $4 billion it is owed, Scharping said. France, Russia and Iraqi neighbors Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain have agreed to write down much of what is owed them. Saudi Arabia may follow suit.

It seems that the only people who want to leave Iraq as a failed state are the Saddamite remnant, al-Qaida and some Democratic politicians.
Jack Kelly is national security writer for the Post-Gazette and The Blade of Toledo, Ohio (jkelly@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1476).