American Elephants


Winning in Iraq II by The Elephant's Child

President Bush with Troops in Iraq

The left determined early on that George W. Bush could not be allowed to win the War in Iraq.  The Iraq War (the “illegal” one) must be a failure, and they have bent their efforts to achieve those ends.  As the situation in Iraq worsened,  they were sure that the President would have to pull out, but instead he opted for a new commanding general, 30,000 more troops and a new strategy.  To the Democrats chagrin, Al Qaeda is falling apart in Iraq, a spectacular victory in the terrorist’s war on us.

In 2007 alone, over 2,400 members of Al Qaeda in Iraq were killed and almost 9,000 have been captured.  Amit R. Paley of the Washington Post interviewed a senior leader of AQI, Riyadh al-Ogaidi.  Ogaidi said that AQI membership has shrunk from around 12,000 in June of 2007 to about 3,500 today, and the total number of foreign fighters is not more than 200.

This, of course, is not to be taken as a sign of the success of the surge.  Nancy Pelosi has announced that the surge is a failure, because the purpose of the surge is not to win, but  to buy time for the new Iraqi government to accomplish the tasks assigned to it by Nancy Pelosi, whose own record of accomplishment is a little thin.  Harry Reid has announced that the surge is a failure.  Ted Kennedy has announced that the surge is a failure.  Joe Biden has announced that the surge is a failure.  Barack Obama has announced that the surge is a failure.  Denying reality isn’t usually a politically astute plan.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared again on CNN’s “Late Edition” program Sunday that the troop surge in Iraq is a failure.

Ms. Pelosi’s timing was unfortunate for what shreds remain of her credibility. Her statement coincided with the release by U.S. forces in Iraq Saturday of the diary of Abu Tariq, an al Qaida leader around the northern city of Balad. The diary was captured in a raid in November. [read more]

Most Democrats would deny it, but the war against Islamic extremism has probably seen an important success in Iraq.  The vicious Muslim-on Muslim violence in Iraq has elicited some deep reflection about jihad among the faithful in the Middle East.  The fledgling democracy in Iraq is still tentative, but George W. Bush is, as Ruel Marc Gerecht stated, “the most momentous American leader since an angry Thomas Jefferson sent men-of-war in pursuit of the Barbary pirates.  His successor will not be able to walk away from what he has wrought.”

The president deserves a great deal of credit for recognizing that the region’s murderous extremists had to be confronted on the battlefield.  Sanctions were not enough.  And the view that was so prevalent in Washington that Muslims are only suited to dictatorship,  is no longer acceptable.  That alone is an achievement.

Al Qaeda is now training and using kids aged 8-14 for terror attacks, and their use of Down’s Syndrome women as suicide bombers reaches new levels of depravity.  Our enemies are still dangerous, as are our political enemies who are anxious to throw all our success away in the interests of appeasing their anti-war angry far left.


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