“We Can’t Afford Anything Less Than Honesty”
"Our fate is now inextricably linked to Iraq's. And our divisions cannot be allowed to become so deep that we cannot find unity in the face of Islamist extremism...." From a speech by Senator Joseph Lieberman to AIPAC
March 14, 2007 - 8:45 am
Suicide bombers who kill civilians to make a political statement should not be allowed to triumph-in New York or Tel Aviv or Samarra. We must stand strong and united against barbarism-and, with your help, we will.
I understand the anger about Iraq, but I am deeply troubled by how this anger, and the feelings of animosity that many people have for President Bush, have begun to affect the way we talk and think about what is happening in the world beyond Iraq and America’s role in it.
There is something profoundly wrong when opposition to the war in Iraq seems to inspire greater passion than opposition to Islamist extremism.
There is something profoundly wrong when there is so much distrust of our intelligence community that some Americans doubt the plain and ominous facts about the threat to us posed by Iran.
And there is something profoundly wrong when, in the face of attacks by radical Islam, we think we can find safety and stability by pulling back, by talking to and accommodating our enemies, and abandoning our friends and allies.
Some of this wrong-headed thinking about the world is happening because we’re in a political climate where, for many people, when George Bush says “yes,” their reflex reaction is to say “no.”
That is unacceptable.
It’s time to step back and start thinking together about our national interest again, to say “yes” when we agree and “no” when we don’t, and to find ways to disagree without dividing ourselves from one another.
It’s time to step back and remember that there is a real enemy out there-an enemy violently opposed to human rights and women’s rights and gay rights and the basic political rights of each one of us.
It’s time to step back and see that America’s interests lie with the interests of free people everywhere, and that the response to radical Islam is not to abandon them but to stand with them-whether they are in Baghdad or Teheran or Jerusalem.
Full text of speech is HERE.