Refugees return home for what must be the first time ever in the ME. Iraq is settling down. Is it success by any other name? Great Britain certainly thinks so and isn't shy about what 'current achievements' may mean for a certain America political party that has turned weak and boring handwringing into an election theme.
The current achievements, and they are achievements, are being treated as almost
an embarrassment in certain quarters. The entire context of the contest for the
Democratic nomination for president has been based on the conclusion that Iraq
is an absolute disaster and the first task of the next president is to extricate
the United States at maximum speed.
America's strategy and tactics in Iraq have been proven correct by a combination of Divine Intervention, good luck, wishful thinking, faith in freedom, spines made of cold rolled steel, High tech weaponry, an all volunteer military of free people and a surge =stay the course mentality.
Knocking out the largest Arab army in history in 20 days, turning Iraq into a giant sucking killing machine, grinding up Saudi rejects, wanna be jihadis', Iranian Minions and Syrian agents. Leaving them dead on the side of the road for a stranger to bury, has magically drawn the Great Satan's enemies into a quagmire that has drained resources, volunteers and their collective willpower. Going to Iraq for jihad now is a dumb thing to do.
And for what? Another short lived pocket caliphate? More failure to create an Iranian leaning super Shia majority in the gov? Iraq is freeing itself block by block, province by province - all done with a certain ex UN Sec General's fave word - "Legitimacy' and backed up at the point of the world famous M-16.
Legitimacy is exactly what the Great Satan is providing in Iraq. Victory is her escort. America has done her best. America's enemies have done their worst - IED's, EFP's, Mahdi Armies (v1.0 - v6.0), Al Qaeda Super Villian terrorists, Islamic Revo Guards are terms that now equal defeated enemies like Waffin SS, kamikaze, Viet Cong and the Taliban.
Despite bare fanged partisan politics, inappropiate, incorrect and downright unAmerican sounding cries of "The War is Lost" , or "The military is broken" . Such characters may very well rue the day they cried out with such inaccuracies that redefine risable and enemy encouragement.
This is a catastrophic miscalculation. Iraq is getting better. That is good, not
A chance to embrace victory faces a certain American political party. Or to deny and miscalculate.