Jul 21 2008
Lanny Davis is no GOP right winger, in fact he has been a voice of doubt on the Iraq War from the beginning. And yet, this died-in-the-wool liberal has had an epiphany on the Iraq War:
Maybe another democracy, however imperfect, other than Israel in the Middle East could lead to more moderation, possibly other democracies? Democracies that could serve as bulwarks against al Qaeda-type of terrorist states?
Then in 2005-06 came the increased violence from the Sunni insurgents against American kids, then the sectarian civil war between Sunnis and Shi’ites, with young Americans caught in the crossfire. My certainty in opposing the war and supporting a deadline for getting out re-emerged.
And then in early 2007 came the surge, which so many of us in the antiwar left of the Democratic Party predicted would be a failure, throwing good men and women and billions of dollars after futility. We were wrong.
The surge did, in fact, lead to a reduction of violence, confirmed by media on the ground as well as our military leaders.
My respect for Lanny Davis just shot up immensely. It is not easy to do this kind of self evaluation and then admit publicly you were wrong. It is a recognition that will earn him the wrath of many on his side of the aisle. So this public announcement that Iraq is not what the liberal SurrenderMedia claimed all these years is a shining example of courage. Lanny, this lowly blogger tips his hat at you.
Now, if only Barrack Obama can open his mind and eyes and see the reality surrounding him. As Sean Hannity would say “You’re A Great American, Lanny”.