It's Worth A Shot

Soldiers from the 1st Infantry listen to an instructor as they train at Fort Riley, Kansas, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007. The soldiers from the division's fourth brigade will deploy to Iraq in the next few weeks as part of President Bush's planned troop surge. AP Photo/Charlie Reidel

This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
I don't know if the U.S. has a chance to make Iraq safe for democracy. But President Bush's troop buildup and strategy of placing more soldiers and marines in the neighborhoods that are rife with violence and conflict is worth a try.

I have been in some of these places, and there is still no electricity. Unemployment, especially among the young, is more than seventy percent. What if the streets were really safe? What if daily life began to resemble something like normal?

This last chance will cost American lives. And if my kid were there, I'd be saying, "What the hell have we been doing the last four years?" No doubt this war has been mismanaged. As John McCain has said over and over, there have never been enough troops there.

Does President Bush deserve another chance to get it right? That is the wrong question. It's America's war, America's colossal mistake, and I believe we owe it to the Iraqis to get it right.




Harry's daily commentary can be heard on many CBS Radio News affiliates across the country.
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