Posted by: al66888 | July 30, 2007

Good News in Iraq- for everyone but the D’s

Could it really be- the op ed piece of the New York Times showing how the surge is going great in Iraq?  Can’t be, can it? This is why we are seeing vote after vote after vote trying to force the hand of President Bush in Iraq.   We are coming up on an election year in ’08, and the Democrats and their strategists have invested heavily in the ‘un-winable’ war in Iraq and the fact that George Bush has refused to bring our soldiers home.   They have some major problems, the new General, and his new plan, are actually working.  And now, as we see, those who were some of the most harsh on the President are starting to change their tune.    While all of this is happening, the President has met with the new Prime Minister of Britain, Mr. Gordon Brown.  Gordon Brown was the Anti Tony Blair.  He was a man who replaced Blair because of the way that Blair handled the war.  He was a man who would be against the war, and would further seperate the US from one of it’s greatest allies.  However, when asked, Mr. Brown shocked the world, and all those who were waiting for another blow to this Presidency. 

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told President Bush Monday he shares the U.S. view that there are ”duties to discharge and responsibilities to keep” in Iraq.

On the battle against terror, in particular, the men said there is no daylight between their views.

”We are one in fighting the battle against terrorism,” said Brown.

And all while that is happening, the New York times prints this Op-ed piece. Here are two journalists who admit, they have disagreed (as did we) with the way the President was handling the war. However, they go on to point out the tremendous amount of change in the short period of time since General Petraeus took command.

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.

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.

And it gets wose (for the D’s)

But for now, things look much better than before. American advisers told us that many of the corrupt and sectarian Iraqi commanders who once infested the force have been removed. The American high command assesses that more than three-quarters of the Iraqi Army battalion commanders in Baghdad are now reliable partners (at least for as long as American forces remain in Iraq).

In addition, far more Iraqi units are well integrated in terms of ethnicity and religion. The Iraqi Army’s highly effective Third Infantry Division started out as overwhelmingly Kurdish in 2005. Today, it is 45 percent Shiite, 28 percent Kurdish, and 27 percent Sunni Arab.

And here is the deathblow

These haunting questions underscore the reality that the surge cannot go on forever. But there is enough good happening on the battlefields of Iraq today that Congress should plan on sustaining the effort at least into 2008.

For the first time in over 4 years we are seeing reporters actually state that things are going well, and we can find a common ground to turn over Iraq to its leaders and take the troops home when the war is won! Now, let’s start giving Americans what they deserve, some of the good news, not just the bad. Some things to be encouraged by to help with the doom and gloom. I think its odd how only 16% of Americans think that the troop surge is working and then you realize, this is actually the first time any reporter has the such. How could Americans think it’s working- they’ve been told nothing but otherwise.

2 sites that give you a far different look on Iraq are:

Michael Yon and
Pat Dollard

Take a look when you get the chance.



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