Democrats have spent virtually every waking minute of the last 5 years predicting disaster in Iraq. They’ve so thoroughly invested themselves in defeat one has to wonder what they’re going to do now that the situation there has improved so dramatically that even the mainstream media has taken notice?
For the moment they seem to be in denial and clinging to the same defeatist mantra they’ve used since 2003. They seem to have completely missed the surge, the Anbar awakening, the collapse of militia groups and the growing strength of the Iraqi government. They keeping focusing on the increasingly rare suicide bombers, coalition casualties, and the difficulties the Iraqi government is having accomplishing a few legislative benchmarks.
I’m not ready to join Michael Yon and say the war has ended but I think we’re finally on the right track.
Take a couple of minutes to read The New Reality in Iraq By Frederick W. Kagan, Kimberly Kagan & Jack Keane in today’s Wall Street Journal and then checkout While America Slept (Part One) at the Mudville Gazette.
I think it’s safe to say we’ve turned the corner in Iraq and it’s time for Democrats to face the reality that not only can we win in Iraq but that victory is close at hand.