Monday, January 14, 2008

Here's Some Iraq War News: Death Blow To Defeatists!


Death Blow To Defeatists
By Pete Hegseth

Yesterday we were losing in Iraq, today we are winning.

For anyone who truly understands the stakes in Iraq, the achievement of national “political benchmarks” has never been an effective metric of success. Sure, Iraqis passing laws at the national level is important, but not more important than neighborhood-level security and grassroots political progress.

I learned this the hard way in Samarra, Iraq. Absent strong local security forces and fair, representative government at the neighborhood level, local populations never felt “more secure,” no matter how much useless (or useful) legislation was passed at the national level. Iraqis need to see a better life in their neighborhood, not hear more promises from Baghdad.

And for the past six months — because of General Petraeus’s new counter-insurgency strategy and the courage of 165,000 Americans — Iraqis have seen hope (one might even say “audacious hope”), and they have responded. Bolstered by American commitment, and weary of al-Qaeda brutality, the Iraqi people — Sunni and Shia together in many areas — have started cooperating at the local level.

As a result, violence continues to plummet, with attacks throughout Iraq down 60 percent since June and civilian deaths down 75 percent from a year ago. Iraqis are returning home by the tens of thousands. The incoming flow of foreign fighters have been cut in half. And despite a “surge” of troops, American combat deaths are near all-time monthly lows in Iraq. This is all wonderful news.

All the while, the Defeat-o-cratic leadership in Congress (Reid, Pelosi, & co.) and the Defeat-o-cratic presidential candidates have done everything they can to deny — obvious — progress.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, where are all those loud-mouth ''anti-war'' types? "Peace Mother '' Cindy Sheehan finally fall off the palnet? I hope so. The troops they were so bloody concerened about, the ones they ''supported'' are winning the fight and not one of these idiots has the dencency or the stones to give the respect and admiration they're due. Pathetic. Hey, Mrs.D, how the heck are you? Did you get my e-mail kiddo? I'm kinda worried about you. J'Mac.

4:37 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Yep, I got your email--just sent one back your way, J'MAC!

7:22 PM  
Blogger CHOMP said...

J'Mac, pests like Cindy Sheehan never go away. They may fall off the turnip truck, but they always come back...just like a mosquito, they keep buzzing and biting.

9:41 PM  

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