The surge is working. Stay the course. Petraeus is an honorable man. Etc. War supporter Mike Huckabee's statement on today's political theater is on the jump.
HUCKABEE NEWS RELEASE
Little Rock , AR – Former AR Governor & Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee issued the following statement regarding the first day of testimony of Army General David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker before the House Joint Committee hearing on Capitol Hill. "I appreciate Gen. Petraeus' candid, compelling testimony before a joint House committee this afternoon, along with the insights of Ambassador Crocker. I look forward to their continued testimony tomorrow.
"I have deep respect and admiration for both of these outstanding men, who have staked their lives and reputations on a successful outcome in what, I believe, is the defining battle, not only of our time, but for Western civilization itself.
"From their testimony, it is clear that the surge is working; their military objectives are being met; and that a quick or precipitous withdrawal will have dire consequences, not only in terms of massive human suffering in Iraq – but for the region. Undoubtedly, Iran would be a winner in this scenario – rendering the whole world vulnerable. This scenario is unacceptable.
"General Petraeus stated that we cannot win in Iraq solely in Iraq and that we must continue to engage in a host of initiatives in neighboring countries, as well as cyberspace. I agree with Gen. Petraeus and believe a strong policy of engagement with countries in the region is critical.
"Gen. Petraeus testified that U.S and coalition forces have dealt a striking blow to Al Qaeda, in Iraq , which is a part of the larger international Al Qaeda network. On the eve of the sixth anniversary of the 9-11-01 terrorist attacks on America , we are reminded of this imperative: We must continue to wage an aggressive war on global terror to prevent future attacks.
"Both Gen. Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker have served our country with honor – and showed tremendous professionalism today. Winning this war is of utmost importance to America and our future – and we must get it right. I look forward to their continued analysis and recommendations