Democrats Refuse to Thank Troops

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

What You Won’t See in The New York Times

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

Iraq’s Facts

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

Perspective on Iraq

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

Bad Policies = Good Politics?

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?