Lieberman: Responsibility to do what is morally right

Joseph Lieberman on Friday, December 29, 2006; Page A27 in the Washington Post.

In Iraq today we have a responsibility to do what is strategically and morally right for our nation over the long term — not what appears easier in the short term. The daily scenes of death and destruction are heartbreaking and infuriating. But there is no better strategic and moral alternative for America than standing with the moderate Iraqis until the country is stable and they can take over their security. Rather than engaging in hand-wringing, carping or calls for withdrawal, we must summon the vision, will and courage to take the difficult and decisive steps needed for success and, yes, victory in Iraq. That will greatly advance the cause of moderation and freedom throughout the Middle East and protect our security at home.

A responsibility to do what is right – and that means going past appearances and understanding the mandate of fundamental values, even if uncomfortable.

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