Because to depose a murderous despot is a good thing. Because the UN resolved to do something a dozen times and didn't. Because we are the only nation in the world with the decency and strength to do it. Because we did so with a minimum of human loss. Because other nations, rueing their past glory, are envious. Because I believe in nationbuilding. Because the left has always insisted on this. Because I harbor no animus toward Muslim peoples. Because we must seed the world with democracy, for it is right. Because Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization, deserves no less. Because we destroyed mountains of conventional WMD and averted the sure redevelopment of worse. Because we halted the UN's corrupt partnership with tyranny, in the sham of Oil for Food, Under which the Iraqi people suffered while Saddam and his new business partners sipped oil. Because containment is impossible in a globalized world. Because dictators are easier to topple than covert networks. Because war is best conducted there than on the streets of New York. Because sanctions were crumbling. Because in truth the world respects us for it, however they moan. Because received opinion will change on a dime. Because Iraqis are an educated people fully capable of democracy, As is all of humanity. Because the war and rebuilding can be self-financing with oil. Because one out of three in the axis of evil is 33.3% better than zero. Because it makes the left crazy to see the U.S. succeed nobly against a tyrant, For they love tyranny when it suits them. Because Saddam financing bin Laden to harry us was only a matter of time. Because if Saddam had the bomb in 1981, he would soon have it again. Because a stitch in time saves nine. Because we needed to finish what we started in 1991. Because half-measures can be worse than none. Because America is as brave and competent as it is reasonable to expect of clumsy imperfect humans. Because in 1948 the UN created Israel, to world acclaim, whose existence is just and must continue to be defended, For the evil of antisemitism still lurks in the world, in radical Islam and elsewhere. Because the new kind of war will be sporadic, desultory and covert, And will bore us, but complacency is dangerous. Because to them their jihad has only just begun, and crush it we must, For Osama Bin Laden is not Deng Xiao-Ping. Because diplomacy is sometimes the path to a solution, but just as often isn't. Because our nation is strong enough to shrug off the malice and subversion and sophistries its heedless factions devise. Who style themselves heroes and whistleblowers. For their vanity and venality betrays them. Because this war's lessons will assist in transformation, which must continue. For the emasculated CIA and bloated DOD must be reformed. Because the idea that the world has outgrown war is a fantasy. Because if we cannot do Iraq then we can never do Rwanda or Darfur. Because we need to pick our fights. And there is nothing immoral about making a list ordered by need and self-interest. For all politics are a balance of factors moral and practical. Because, when the world is ever really in trouble, fashionable anti-Americanism will fall away. For all know that America is not the source of evil in the world. Because people just like to exaggerate And nowhere is the human condition more on display than in a democracy. Because all of these considerations are matters for our elected representatives to manage. Because partisans lie and lose their souls and trick the rest for only a moment. Because we won in Afghanistan, whose economy is starting to boom. Because Iraq begs us to stay. Because the carping elite are hypocrites about all of this, but love to second-guess and criticize. Because they will do so regardless. Because the pundits all have other agendas. Because Iraq must continue to "balance" Iran in that region. Because we can use a middle east base. Because avoiding the responsibilities of empire has invoked our enemy and laid the seeds for failed states. Because failed states harbor criminal gangs. Because propping up dictators no longer brings "stability." Because we can no longer countenance killing fields. Because we must learn how to replace chaos with democracy. For democracy is both stable and just. Because civilization is always effortful. Because we will not and need not suffer a draft to fight the mother of all wars, the very jihad of our enemy's dreams. Because this demand shows the critics' bad faith. Because their perverse, fervent, secret wish is for another Vietnam. Because small war is an art, one we need to master. Because the same will be required of us again, and we must study its statecraft. Because the UN will save no one. Because wordsmiths overestimate words. Because politics is always war by other means. Because we must expect only carping and ingratitude and have infinite patience. Because it is the right thing to do and the sophists' words will vanish with the wind. Because lies however big, are only temporary.