Nov 02 2007
I am not saying we are done and can go home now from Iraq. But the fact is there are going to be more and more claims that Iraq is going to be a success, or in some cases IS a success. Take for example this piece from an Australian Paper:
THERE is a reason Iraq has almost disappeared as an election issue.
Here it is: The battle is actually over. Iraq has been won.
I know this will seem to many of you an insane claim. Ridiculous!
Violence is falling fast. Al Qaida has been crippled.
The Shiites, Kurds and Marsh Arabs no longer face genocide.
What’s more, the country has stayed unified. The majority now rules.
Despite that, minority Sunni leaders are co-operating in government with Shiite ones.
There is no civil war. The Kurds have not broken away. Iran has not turned Iraq into its puppet.
And the country’s institutions are getting stronger. The Iraqi army is now at full strength, at least in numbers.
The country has a vigorous media. A democratic constitution has been adopted and backed by a popular vote.
Election after election has Iraqis turning up in their millions.
Add it all up. Iraq not only remains a democracy, but shows no sign of collapse.
In any case, whatever you may think of the arguments put in 2003, the argument today is whether Iraq will survive as a democracy, and whether we should help it.
The answers must be yes, and yes. Mustn’t they? Hello?
But if Iraq is “won”, why are so many Iraqis still dying?
Because some of the killers are just criminals, or are trying to kill their way to a piece of the action, or are – inevitably after so much cruelty and oppression – settling scores.
Others are agents of Iran, which wants to make America pay and Iraq obey.
It is a long and very convincing piece of logic. And I suspect more will be coming out. We cannot pack up and leave without making damn sure the situation will not backslide. But there is no problem in congratulating ourselves and the Iraqis on the progress so far. And there will be some times where al-Qaeda gets a punch through here or there. But the point is we keep striving for more success.
BTW, you can tell things are going well when Bush can go out on the stump and likens the Dems to the Neville Chamberlain’s of WW II with fervor and confidence:
President Bush compared Congress’ Democratic leaders Thursday with people who ignored the rise of Lenin and Hitler early in the last century, saying “the world paid a terrible price” then and risks similar consequences for inaction today.
Bush accused Congress of stalling important pieces of the fight to prevent new terrorist attacks by: dragging out and possibly jeopardizing confirmation of Michael Mukasey as attorney general, a key part of his national security team; failing to act on a bill governing eavesdropping on terrorist suspects; and moving too slowly to approve spending measures for the Iraq war, Pentagon and veterans programs.
“Unfortunately, on too many issues, some in Congress are behaving as if America is not at war,” Bush said during a speech at the Heritage Foundation. “This is no time for Congress to weaken the Department of Justice by denying it a strong and effective leader. … It’s no time for Congress to weaken our ability to intercept information from terrorists about potential attacks on the United States of America. And this is no time for Congress to hold back vital funding for our troops as they fight al-Qaida terrorists and radicals in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
There were many like Chamberlain who stuck their heads in the sand to avoid the threat that faced them – just like the Dems do now. The world paid a price for listening to them has Hitler took over Europe and we lost millions of lives in fighting him and his partners in Japan and Italy. But today there was a different story. Only the Democrats went out on a limb and declared America a failure against al-Qaeda. Only they tried to stop America from stopping Bin Laden. And now Bush is painting the picture of defeatism around them (deservedly so) since he knows the chances are Iraq will be a success long before he leaves office. And he wants the Dems to wear their label of defeatists all the way to the polls in 2008.