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There's not much coming from the media about the war these days, is there ? How very curious. The reason is, the war is being won. I guess that's not news.
“Back from the front, Gen. David Petraeus called on Congress Thursday to begin considering a drawdown of U.S. troops after five years of war. Violence in Iraq has plunged to its lowest levels since 2004, and al-Qaida is a tattered shadow of its former self—key leaders dead, successors weak and recruiting down. ’My sense’ Petraeus said, ‘is I will be able to make a recommendation (in the autumn) for further reductions.’ This is no Saigon-style exit, but a coming victorious end of a long conflict. U.S. forces have pounded al-Qaida into irrelevance. Using highly disciplined Special Forces strikes, advanced intelligence and communications, and local allies in the right places, 155,000 U.S. troops have been crushing a vicious enemy motivated by no rational forces in a war with no precedent. They are winning against all odds, overcoming not just terrorists, but other obstacles such as a lumbering Pentagon bureaucracy and weak-kneed Western intelligentsia whose media toadies trump every military error and harp on every isolated bad deed. Now proven wrong, these same critics retaliate by ignoring what is a very big story. Worldwide terror attacks have fallen off 40% since 2001, according to a study by Canada’s Human Security Report Project, and support for al-Qaida in the Arab world has collapsed. The study found terror attacks had been over-counted because Iraq War atrocities distorted the figures. Security gains elsewhere included even sub-Saharan Africa, where the improvement was called ‘extraordinary.’ Just as the conflict in Iraq is coming to a close, two related terror wars—in Spain and Colombia—are also seeing signs of victory... From the deserts of Iraq to the villages of Spain to the jungles of Colombia, these victories against terrorist groups are all linked. They are the result of using proven tactics, holding together resolutely, cooperating with other nations to share and deliver intelligence, and forming united fronts. When this happens, terrorists cannot flourish. Recent successes show that these wars are winnable.” —Investor’s Business Daily
This is not the Iraq war of 2006, the one that was spinning out of control, the one that prompted Harry Reid and Barack Obama to declare the war lost. We are winning this war, which liberal Democrats said could not be done. They said there was no military solution, but people like General Petraeus proposed a military solution known as the Surge (with John McCain's backing, speaking of judgement), and it has worked. Liberals like Barack Obama said it couldn't ever work (speaking of judgement). The Iraqi military is taking the lead in many areas now, and Iraqis are turning against the extremists.
Now I propose that liberals get up to speed, because the dynamic under which they are operating is obsolete. Liberals have tried to end the war all along, but what does it say about them if they try to end it when the Iraqi government is close to standing on their own, when Al Qaeda is all but eliminated, and when political reconciliation is moving forward ? Yet still, every day on the stump, Obama tells his supporters he'll end the war, and they applaud. I propose that Obama do something new, something patriotic, and tell his supporters the truth, and that as president he will help to WIN THE WAR, a war that is already being won. As Scott McClellan said in his book, it was Bush's goal to remake the Middle East. I always thought that was Bush's goal as well. It was one heck of an ambitious goal, and I didn't think it could be done, which is why I didn't think the Iraq war was a very hot idea. I still think that goal is quite an overreach, but I would never, ever abandon the Iraqis after the fact, after Saddam was gone and the gap hadn't been filled. After the Iraq invasion, it was simply unthinkable and immoral to abandon that country to the extremists. I can think of nothing more irresponsible than that, yet that was the liberal policy all along. It's time for that policy to shift from one of defeat to one of success. If Obama does become president, by the time he's sworn into office, it may be that the only thing he has to do regarding Iraq is to not screw it up, to not reverse all the progress that has been made, to not pull the rug out, to not make the price we paid in blood worth nothing. That is the least we should expect from any American president.
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