That’s not frost on your window, hell hasn’t frozen over. The NY Times Op-Ed wrote an piece on the Iraq war that was stunningly glowing. I’ve been hearing more and more over the last month or so that “Bush’s Surge” as the lefties love to remind us, might be working. Now I won’t be as nutty as to suggest all is blue skies, but there is lots of good news.
The most recent reports coming out of Iraq tell a story of progress, especially as far as the Iraqi police and forces securing neighborhoods, shops opening and life getting back to normal.
The Bush administration has over four years lost essentially all credibility. Yet now the administration’s critics, in part as a result, seem unaware of the significant changes taking place.
Here is the most important thing Americans need to understand: We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms. As two analysts who have harshly criticized the Bush administration’s miserable handling of Iraq, we were surprised by the gains we saw and the potential to produce not necessarily “victory” but a sustainable stability that both we and the Iraqis could live with.
After the furnace-like heat, the first thing you notice when you land in Baghdad is the morale of our troops. In previous trips to Iraq we often found American troops angry and frustrated — many sensed they had the wrong strategy, were using the wrong tactics and were risking their lives in pursuit of an approach that could not work.
Today, morale is high. The soldiers and marines told us they feel that they now have a superb commander in Gen. David Petraeus; they are confident in his strategy, they see real results, and they feel now they have the numbers needed to make a real difference.
I don’t think there is a soul left on this world who doesn’t agree that after the initial victory in Iraq the war badly mishandled. They underestimated just how much certain groups (Al Queda for one) don’t want the U.S. to win there. But instead of working together to figure out a better solution, a better plan to win the war. All the President got was negativity, criticism and attacks.
I’m not putting all the blame on one side. I’m just saying if the political climate in this country didn’t suck so badly, maybe both parties could have come up with a plan to fix it. Instead of drag each other into the political mud over it. Still today, faced with all these new positive reports some people are so invested in this loss and sticking it to the President, that they can’t be open minded enough to see the good.
This just goes to prove that we can still get the job done. My greatest hope is that within the next 12 months we can finally hand everything over to a stable Iraq and move on to other problems – like Iran.