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Not so fast, Harry! by American Elephant

Harry Pelosi

…so said Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi in a letter to President Bush last month—several weeks before all the “Surge” troops had even arrived. How they could claim to know the outcome of a strategy that hadn’t even been fully implemented is beyond me. Not being one to believe in clairvoyance, I tend to believe that they, like everyone else, did not know what future results would be.

All one is left with, then, is that they want the surge to fail.

How else can one possibly interpret Democrats’ declarations of “the war is lost” and “the surge is a failure” before the Surge had even fully begun, other than as a party that has so invested their political futures in defeat, that they are doing everything in their power to ensure that defeat happens?

Since those proclamations, however, a funny thing has happened. the “failure” is succeeding. Even liberals are admitting it. First, perhaps, was Pulitzer prize winning war correspondent, and New York Times Baghdad Bureau Chief, John Burns’ assessment that, “I think there’s no doubt that those extra 30,000 American troops are making a difference.” Followed closely by and Op-ed entitled, A War We Just Might Win,” by Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack of the Brookings Institution.

The latest in a line of similar assessments, recognizing the success of the Surge, comes from the German magazine, Der Spiegel (HT/ James Taranto)

Ramadi is an irritating contradiction of almost everything the world thinks it knows about Iraq–it is proof that the US military is more successful than the world wants to believe. Ramadi demonstrates that large parts of Iraq–not just Anbar Province, but also many other rural areas along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers–are essentially pacified today. This is news the world doesn’t hear: Ramadi, long a hotbed of unrest, a city that once formed the southwestern tip of the notorious “Sunni Triangle,” is now telling a different story, a story of Americans who came here as liberators, became hated occupiers and are now the protectors of Iraqi reconstruction. . . .

Something is happening in Iraq that is consistently concealed behind images of bombings. The situation that the White House and its deceptive advisors had erroneously predicted before their invasion–that the troops would be greeted with candy and flowers–could in fact still come true. That’s already the case in many places. [emphasis added]

Also of particular interest is the admission that good news in Iraq is news the world doesn’t want to hear.

Now that things are looking hopeful in Iraq—Mark Levin reported on his show Monday—word on the hill is that Democrats will push for General Petraeus to give his much anticipated report in a secret closed-door session. I’m trying to get a linkable source for this information, but it wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

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Kudos, for a well-written and insightful post.


Comment by theroaringdragon

Amazing you would even cite the O’Hanlon/Pollack editorial. A. They’re hawks. They supported this war and Pollack thinks we should invade Iran. B. They were shown only what the military showed them, i.e. not reality.

We haven’t lost the war. We won it a long time ago. Bush said so years ago. We’ve definitively lost the Occupation. People who are serious and aren’t just blinded partisan hacks understand this.


Comment by Brad

lol. People who’ve actually BEEN to Iraq dont know what they’re talking about, but a democrat hack sitting on his butt in front of their copurters do?

A. They are from the Liberal Brookings Institution and were critics of the war just a few months ago.
B. John Burns is a Pulitzer Prize winner and widely considered one of the best war correspondents in the business and his assesment is the same.
C. Der Spiegel is a far left paper and a vocal opponent of the war.
D. And youre an idiot.


Comment by American Elephant

Thanks very much Roaringdragon. Welcome to the American Elephants.


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