In his third speech this month to bolster public support for the war, Bush worked to counter critics who say the U.S. presence in the wartorn nation is fueling the insurgency. Bush said that Saddam was a tyrant and used violence to exacerbate sectarian divisions to keep himself in power, and that as a result, deep tensions persist to this day.
"The enemies of a free Iraq are employing the same tactics Saddam used, killing and terrorizing the Iraqi people in an effort to foment sectarian division," Bush said.
Please allow me to interject some reality here. The blame for the Iraqi violence falls squarely at the feet of the Iraqi people. They are the ones who are engaging in this civil war. It is not the fault of our occupation, or the fault of Saddam. The different factions in Iraq hate each other, plain and simple.
This is the point that Democrats have been trying to make, but the Republicans refuse to listen to. Ultimately, Iraq belongs to the Iraqi people. We can only offer so much support. If the Iraqis choose not to form a government, then that is their choice. We cannot simply stay there forever, hoping that they will pull it all together. We need to pressure them by telling them the consequences if they cannot get together and form a government. If they choose to not listen to our warning, then that is squarely on them. This current trend of sitting back and waiting for them to stop warring with each other isn’t working.