Aug 30 2007
General Petraeus is likely to say in his report to Congress that the pivotal change that has occured in Iraq is the nature of the relationship and image the Iraqi people have of America vs al-Qaeda and the Mahdi militants.
The general also said there was a gradual shift from Iraqis perceiving U.S. troops as an occupying force.
“Al-Qaida in Iraq and criminal militia elements have overplayed their hands,” he said. “In many areas and neighborhoods now, in fact, coalition forces are seen as partners in the effort to bring sustainable stability to Iraq, as opposed to occupiers.”
Petraeus said this to an Arab news organization, no doubt floating parts of his report to Congress to gauge reaction and give the DC handwringers an opportunity to change their self desructive minds. At previous points in this conflict this issue being the pivotal hinge upon which our success or fate would fall would have led to the conclusion we cannot win. But al-Qaeda has severely overplayed their hand and right now all they are doing with the mass killings of Muslims is recruiting allies for us.
All the left can now do is point to incomplete benchmarks and do their pathetic Chicken Little dance, of course assisted by those spineless GOP members who run from anything controversial and tough (heaven help them if someone asks them to do their job and lead). In an even more pathetic example of how crass and uncaring the left is CBS is using it (and all the death and tragedy it represents) as a way to salvage ratings – nothing more. This is the corporate America that the left rants about – their corporate America using a serious subject to fix a bad decision they made on which arse they wanted reading queue cards (yeah, teleprompters – I know).
The Chicken Little darlings of DC cannot change the fact al-Qaeda has been the one to drive the people of Iraq into their hands of their opponents. And while I wish the best of luck to Katie in her next career move (she is a disaster) and those CBS employees who can find a functional company to work for, they are not going to turn the tide in Iraq. The dynamics are too large and have too much momentum. We are the protectors. We fight the enemies of the Iraqi people. al-Qaeda is the enemy that must be destroyed. Those are powerful political changes. The rest will follow.