The Discerning Texan
-- Edmund Burke
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
War Over by Christmas??
Mistakes were made, as they always are in war. But, like Lincoln in the Civil War, Bush made changes in the General staff until the right man was in place. Petraeus and our spectacular armed forces--with the cooperation of patriotic and brave Iraqis fighting for their own country to have a chance at freedom--appear to be on the verge of a victory that could tremendously alter, if not transform permanently the Middle East strategic landscape (via Confederate Yankee):
A stunning prediction from Michael Yon:One of the biggest problems with the Iraq War is that politics has frequently triumphed over truth. For instance, we went into Iraq with shoddy intelligence (at best), no reconstruction plan, and perhaps half as many troops as were required. We refused to admit that an insurgency was growing, until the country collapsed into anarchy and civil war. Now the truth is that Iraq is showing real progress on many fronts: Al Qaeda is being defeated and violence is down and continuing to decrease. As a result, the militias have lost their reason for existence and are getting beaten back or co-opted. Shia, Sunni and Kurds are coming together -- although with various stresses -- under the national government. If progress continues at this rate, it is very possible that before 2008 is out, we can finally say "the war has ended."
This comes as part of Yon's offer to tour Iraq with U.S. Senators—including the Presidential candidates—so that they can make informed decisions regarding the progress of the conflict.
If Yon is accurate, then Democrats (including Barack Obama) who continue to insist that the war is lost are going to lose all of their credibility in coming months. They will of course try to pivot, and make up some excuse to take credit for the success of operations in Iraq if such a situation develops.
History will not remember pro-defeat politicians or activists kindly.