Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Iraqi Upturn II

Last week had good news from Iraq being described in a Washington Post editorial. This week there's more good news.

Kimberly and Frederick W. Kagan's column in the Wall Street Journal today looks at Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's progress in securing Iraq.

America is very close to succeeding in Iraq. The "near-strategic defeat" of al Qaeda in Iraq described by CIA Director Michael Hayden last month in the Washington Post [article here] has been followed by the victory of the Iraqi government's security forces over illegal Shiite militias, including Iranian-backed Special Groups. The enemies of Iraq and America now cling desperately to their last bastions, while the political process builds momentum.

These tremendous gains remain fragile and could be lost to skillful enemy action, or errors in Baghdad or Washington. But where the U.S. was unequivocally losing in Iraq at the end of 2006, we are just as unequivocally winning today.

Read the whole article. It describes multiple successful efforts by Maliki to turn the tide toward stability.

What we need here in America is a president who will keep us moving in the direction of winning the war. For now, we have one of those.


Malott said...

Yes, and isn't it wonderful that the airwaves are awash with this good news!

SkyePuppy said...


I've had to wear earplugs so I don't get deafened by the MSM announcing the coming victory in Iraq.

Tsofah said...

If you can find it in the NON-MSM broadcasts...let me know! I've not heard one thing about it from any broadcasts anywhere. (SIGH)

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Yesterday morning, some CNN analyst talking about the problems with Afghanistan, to emphasize it, said more soldiers died within the last month in Afghanistan than in Iraq. It's kind of a dishonest way of phrasing it, when the number of deaths in Al Anbar Province alone, has fallen so dramatically low.