This week a bipartisan group of Senators introduced a resolution “recognizing the strategic success of the troop surge in Iraq” that “commends and expresses the gratitude to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces for the service, sacrifices, and heroism that made the success of the troop surge in Iraq possible.” Of course, the Democratic leadership was in opposition. Democratic Senate Majority … Continue reading Democrats Refuse to Thank Troops
John McCain’s editorial on Iraq, that is. Here it is: In January 2007, when General David Petraeus took command in Iraq, he called the situation “hard” but not “hopeless.” Today, 18 months later, violence has fallen by up to 80% to the lowest levels in four years, and Sunni and Shiite terrorists are reeling from a string of defeats. The situation now is full of … Continue reading What You Won’t See in The New York Times
Caroline Glick, as always, keeps her eye on the ball, noting the importance and positive implications of the recent Iraq-Iran summit. Continue reading Reshaping the Middle East
Jennifer Rubin reports on a Brookings Institution briefing on the current situation in Iraq, which seems to be improving dramatically. Pollack echoed these observations, saying that “The headline was the emergence of Iraqi security forces.” He explained that the fundamental shift from Americans leading with Iraqis in support to Iraqis leading not just “hold” but “clear” operations is now “well underway.” He observes that sectarian … Continue reading Iraq’s Facts
Gateway Pundit uses graphics to relate U. S. military deaths in Iraq to those of various battles from World War II and Korea. It’s also instructive to compare battles from earlier eras of history: the 16th-19th centuries for example: 30,000 dead at Marignan in two days in 1515, 38,000 dead in one day at Lepanto in 1571; or the 20th century, with 850,000 dead at … Continue reading Perspective on Iraq
Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are proposing policies—abrogating NAFTA unilaterally, precipitous withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, tax increases in the face of recession threats—that are not merely bad but obviously bad. Reasonable people can disagree about many things in politics. In my view, however, they cannot reasonably maintain that abandonment of free trade agreements with close allies is economically or diplomatically beneficial; that … Continue reading Bad Policies = Good Politics?
Glenn Reynolds juxtaposes two Drudge headlines: Isn’t this going to be an increasing problem for the Democrats as the campaign progresses? If the good news out of Iraq continues, their past statements will look increasingly foolish. And, as Nancy Pelosi illustrates, they can’t seem to leave the foolishness in the past. Continue reading The Odd Couple
The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal agree in their lead editorials today, which itself seems worthy of note. Why can’t the Democratic candidates for President admit that the surge is working? There’s an obvious answer: The Democrats have for the past several years been investing in American defeat. Continue reading Ostrich Democrats
Austin Bay predicts that terrorists in Iraq will attempt a Tet offensive within the next six months, to sway public opinion in the United States just as the North Vietnamese were able to do in 1968 when their devastation in battle was spun in the media as a Communist victory. (HT: Instapundit.) That seems plausible, though I would expect it to fall within the height … Continue reading Coming Soon: Terror Tet?