Ken Mehlman on Hardball VIDEO
RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman was on MSNBC’s “Hardball” last night discussing the Iraq War. Some video excerpts at YouTube, courtesy the RNC:
YouTube – Ken Mehlman on MSNBC
Particularly noteworthy is this quote about Rep. John Murtha’s call for immediate withdrawal:
If we had followed the approach that Mr. Murtha suggested, we would have withdrawn last November. Think of what’s happened since November that wouldn’t have happened if we had followed his approach. We wouldn’t have gotten Zarqawi; 40,000 troops, Iraqi troops, would not have been trained; the government probably would not have been formed; would the election have been held? That’s all happened since then. We got 200 people in the last few days, just since they’ve gotten Mr. Zarqawi. We have a treasure trove of intelligence and information. All of those things wouldn’t have happened if we had followed that approach.
Now, of course, we’ve also lost well over 400 American soldiers during that period and perhaps 5000 Iraqi innocents. But there has indeed been substantial progress.
UPDATE: To be clear, I’m not dismissing what Mehlman is saying here at all. He’s absolutely right and this level of achievement in a six month period, especially following claims that things were hopeless, is impressive indeed. I merely note that one can’t tout one’s gains without some mention of the losses.