Saturday, March 01, 2008

Angelina Jolie sees benefit of the Surge

We need to stick out it for the sake of the millions of Iraqi refugees, says the actress and UN official in the Washington Post:

"My visit left me even more deeply convinced that we not only
have a moral obligation to help displaced Iraqi families, but also a serious,
long-term, national security interest in ending this crisis.

Today's humanitarian crisis in Iraq -- and the potential
consequences for our national security -- are great. Can the United States
afford to gamble that 4 million or more poor and displaced people, in the heart
of Middle East, won't explode in violent desperation, sending the whole region
into further disorder?
What we cannot afford, in my view, is to squander the
progress that has been made."

Read the rest of an amazing article. I saw a blog post on this editorial which questioned whether Jolie was a "closet conservative". You don't have to be a conservative, however, to show a little patriotism plus common sense, and understand the US is still needed in this chaotic world.
More-James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal notes "It's quite a contrast with the attitude of Democratic presidential front-runner Barack Obama, who said last summer that even preventing genocide was not a sufficient reason for a continuing presence in Iraq."