Abraham Lincoln stated that, "Our defense is in the spirit which prized liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism at your own doors."
Lincoln is right! Freedom is never free. But many Americans seem to believe that our cherished freedoms and rights fell from the sky or evolved out of the mud. Some think that they come from a government. Others, including myself, believe they are bestowed from a benevolent Creator. The maintenance of these rights has been a steep price, procured for us by the invaluable blood of Americans.
Iraqis have the right to freedom and many are paying the ultimate price right now. Right now its an away game. If we pull out prematurely and lose it, the game will be played on our home turf. This struggle won't be easy. It will require more sacrifice. And, if we lose, we lose a piece of our nation's soul, as Lincoln warned. Freedom is a cherished idea but it can perish as a national concept if we fail at the hard task in front of us. Every generation of Americans has had to decide if freedom is worth the price.
Vietnam took away a piece of our national soul. Let's not do it again.