Jul 02 2008
The Surge and Awakening that hit Iraq last year (in the face of dour predictions from Democrats that Iraq was a failure, the Surge was a failure, etc) has succeeded, victory is at hand. The Surge had many goals, nearly all of which have been met, according to a US State Department Government Report on Iraq:
Iraq has met all but three of 18 original benchmarks set by Congress last year to measure security, political and economic progress, according to a report by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
The embassy’s evaluation, compiled in May, contrasts sharply with other recent assessments that Iraq has failed to achieve many of the goals that the Baghdad government and President Bush said would be reached by the end of 2007. A report by the Government Accountability Office, released last week, cited little improvement in the political and economic spheres and noted continuing military problems despite a significant decline in overall violence.
The embassy judged that the only remaining shortfalls were the Baghdad government’s failure to enact and implement laws governing the oil industry and the disarmament of militia and insurgent groups, and continuing problems with the professionalism of the Iraqi police.
Emphasis mine. Maliki’s actions against the Mahdi Militia in the last two months as fixed one of the two remaining benchmarks, so we are down to only 2. And I would say Malikis efforts in the last few months took on a lot of the issues with the Police. And I recall the oil distribution plan has been developed, probably only needs to be voted on. Clearly we are within reach of all of these.
Let’s recap some history here, while we enjoy the crow the Liberal Surrendercrats are chewing on at the moment. In June of last year, when the Surge was just beginning and the Democrats had finally realized they could not surrender Iraq to al-Qaeda, the all-seeing, the all-knowing, the Svengali-like leader of the Surrendercrats in the Senate, Harry Reid had this to say:
“As many had forseen, the escalation has failed to produce the intended results,” the two leaders wrote.
“The increase in US forces has had little impact in curbing the violence or fostering political reconciliation.
“It has not enhanced Americas national security. The unsettling reality is that instances of violence against Iraqis remain high and attacks on US forces have increased.
“In fact, the last two months of the war were the deadliest to date for US troops.
Boy, you don’t screw up more than that. If he was a surgeon he would be sued for malpractice. Heck, if he was a car mechanic who diagnosed our engine problems this badly he would be sued for malpractice. When, in the fall of 2007 it became clear violence levels were dropping, the Surrendercrats sung a new tune (whilst they attempted character assassination on General David “Betray Us” Petraeus). Then it was benchmarks. As late as February of 2008 the Surrendercrats were still claiming the Surge was a failure because of the lack of political progress given the progress in security. Here is the all-seeing, the all-knowing, the Svengali-like leader of the Surrendercrats in the House, Nancy Pelosi, this last February:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said twice Sunday that Iraq â€œis a failure,â€ adding that President Bushâ€™s troop surge has â€œnot produced the desired effect.â€
â€œThe purpose of the surge was to create a secure time for the government of Iraq to make the political change to bring reconciliation to Iraq,â€ Pelosi said on CNNâ€™s â€œLate Edition.â€ â€œThey have not done that.â€
The speaker hastened to add: â€œThe troops have succeeded, God bless them.â€
What has happened since? Well, Prime Minister Maliki took the lead in facing down and dismantling the Mahdi Militia in Basra, Sadr City and Amarah using Iraqi forces in the lead, and he also spear headed the purge of Mosul of the last remnants of al-Qaeda. With the Iraqis taking the lead role in security, and addressing all security issues be they al-Qaeda/Sunni or Shiite or Kurdish, he has built the trust of the various factions.
The Surrendercrats needed defeat. They predicted defeat. They even tried some 40+ congressional votes to mandate defeat in Iraq by pulling the funds on our efforts and sacrifices. Since they have no clue how to win wars they tried what they knew how to do from Vietnam – to lose the Iraq war. But this crop (or should that vowel be an ‘a’?) of Liberal Surrendercrats are so incompetent they couldn’t even pull off another Vietnam. These Neville Chamberlain wannabes couldn’t even paralyze the Europeans from supporting our efforts.
And now Victory in Iraq is close at hand! And the credibility of the Liberal Surrendercrats has been totally destroyed. We now simply pity them and their foolish dreams of defeat for America.