Well, I was going to point out that Governor Romney responded to President Bush’s Iraq “surge” speech yesterday. Then it occurred to me that Governor Romney’s statement came before President Bush’s speech. Such is the culture given our mass media today!
In any event, here is what the Governor had to say:
I agree with the President: Our strategy in Iraq must change. Our military mission, for the first time, must include securing the civilian population from violence and terror. It is impossible to defeat the insurgency without first providing security for the Iraqi people. Civilian security is the precondition for any political and economic reconstruction.
In consultation with Generals, military experts and troops who have served on the ground in Iraq, I believe securing Iraqi civilians requires additional troops. I support adding five brigades in Baghdad and two regiments in Al-Anbar province. Success will require rapid deployment.
This effort should be combined with clear objectives and milestones for U.S. and Iraqi leaders.
The road ahead will be difficult but success is still possible in Iraq. I believe it is in America’s national security interest to achieve it.
Standing with President Bush on the surge, as Senator McCain and Governor Romney have both now done, is a brave move. You know which of those men we would like to see in the Oval Office in 2009, but all of them deserve credit here.
Senator Brownback, however, does not deserve any credit at all for his remarkably lame statement.
UPDATE: I went to bed before Mayor Giuliani announced his support for the surge and just discovered his press release. He deserves credit as well. As for the gentleman from Kansas, I’m with Kate O’Bierne–and I hope this so-called “true conservative candidate” enjoys being positioned to the left of Senator Lieberman on the most crucial issue facing our nation. Sorry, but it had to be said.