It takes time and patience to wait for a Middle East dictatorship to transform itself into a democracy. Infighting in Iraq will occur and the anti-Bush people use this to discourage our support. We have made many sacrifices in order for this transformation to happen. We should not waste them.

We should be tired of the spineless politicians who lack the courage, fortitude and character to see a difficult task through, even though voting for it at the beginning.

We should be disgusted with the Democrat leadership in Congress, which is joyous at any setback or loss because it supports the Democrats’ political agenda. Do they really want us to lose in order to make themselves look good ?

We should be tired of the mainstream media, which focuses on our losses. It has been noted recently that the percentage of Iraq stories has decreased since we are achieving successes. The liberal media doesn’t seem to like to report successes. Of our armed forces members serving in Iraq, most enthusiastically believe in their mission. If there were any significant number of dissidents, believe me, we would hear about it.

We should be encouraged by so many of the Iraqi people who went to the voting booth for free elections and a constitutional form of government.

It is discouraging that so many people of this country didn’t learn from history that there is no substitute for victory and that we must be united against a foreign enemy.

Thomas F. Shields, Auburn

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