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Haditha Handwringing

The last thing we need in response to Haditha is hand-wringing liberalism.

Jun 12, 2006, Vol. 11, No. 37 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
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Obviously the president wasn't going to say this. Fine. But does he understand it? Perhaps. It is heartening that he met last week, in private, with a group of diverse experts on Iraq, in order to get fresh points of view about the situation there. The president understands that this war isn't going to be won unless he ensures that it gets won. It won't get won if the president doesn't aggressively defend the honor of our soldiers and Marines. And it won't get won if we succumb to liberal hand-wringing, or indulge in conservative happy talk. But it must get won. Winning the wars this nation commits to is also the way we keep our honor clean.

--William Kristol