Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack, both Clinton dupes and leftists who have been against the war in Iraq, just came back, and...WHOA!...they find things improving! And, wait for this one - the NY Times allowed them to say so on their very own editorial page!
A War We Just Might Win
VIEWED from Iraq, where we just spent eight days meeting with American and Iraqi military and civilian personnel, the political debate in Washington is surreal. 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.
Everywhere, Army and Marine units were focused on securing the Iraqi population, working with Iraqi security units, creating new political and economic arrangements at the local level and providing basic services — electricity, fuel, clean water and sanitation — to the people. Yet in each place, operations had been appropriately tailored to the specific needs of the community. As a result, civilian fatality rates are down roughly a third since the surge began — though they remain very high, underscoring how much more still needs to be done.
Read the rest - it is shocking to say the least, coming from two war opponents.
Now, you would think this would be good news all around. But not to Downercrats, who have invested their entire party's world in one thing: Surrender and defeat in Iraq.
Minority Whip James Clyburn says that if things improve in Iraq and Petraeus reports as much in September, his party is in big trouble.
Clyburn: Positive Report by Petraeus Could Split House Democrats on War
House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Monday that a strongly positive report on progress on Iraq by Army Gen. David Petraeus likely would split Democrats in the House and impede his party's efforts to press for a timetable to end the war.
Clyburn, in an interview with the washingtonpost.com video program PostTalk, said Democrats might be wise to wait for the Petraeus report, scheduled to be delivered in September, before charting next steps in their year-long struggle with President Bush over the direction of U.S. strategy.
Clyburn noted that Petraeus carries significant weight among the 47 members of the Blue Dog caucus in the House, a group of moderate to conservative Democrats. Without their support, he said, Democratic leaders would find it virtually impossible to pass legislation setting a timetable for withdrawal.
"I think there would be enough support in that group to want to stay the course and if the Republicans were to stay united as they have been, then it would be a problem for us," Clyburn said. "We, by and large, would be wise to wait on the report."
Notice the "problem for us" comment - improvements in Iraq would be a good thing for the US, for Iraq, for the world, but bad for Downercrats.
When you have a party that has invested as much as it has in retreat, surrender to our enemies, and complete capitulation, you should never put that party in control of things. That Downercrats are in charge of screwing up this country proves one thing: these bastards have to be gotten rid of in 2008. For the salvation of America.