Happy BDay Iraqi Freedom! Five years on this essential battlefield in a truly global war on terror (quagmire for the quagmirists) the relentless march of Great Satan's Audacity (and penchant) for Victory continues to forward march.
One new claim to fame about OIF was a horrendous flop is that no WMD were found in Iraq, thus victory will never happen. Fair enough.
Not after Manchester. In fact, history tends to point out that Uncle Tony said the "Heck with it - Hussein's gotta go and he's gotta go now" This could be interpeted to mean that one of Iraq's 18 suitcases of Ricin made it Great Britain. And that is plenty reason to knock Iraq out - all the way out.
How on earth could the people of Syria sit next door and watch kids in Iraq argue with their teachers in class and without getting drug out and shot by the secret police? With a top heavy literate tech saavy bevy of kids - the very existence of which nigh guarantees regime change. Powerful meds - even for Cyber Police States.
Not surprisingly, when kryptonite hit Smallville, the Axis of Evil and their AQ fanboys had an urge for a surge of their own. Badr Corps, SCIRI, Mahdi Army and like a billion other Caliphaters moved in and took over (interesting too that official totals of 'insurgent' casualties has yet to be released - perhaps the number is incredible. May very well be - otherwise leakers who enjoy diplopolitical sabotage of America Unbound would have leaked it - unless of course it proved going to Iraq for jihad is not only dumb - but down right deadly).
"War opponents will continue to berate and demonize the war. Today the BushIn this context, invading the heartland of Araby, knocking out the largest Arab army in history in 20 days - no less - attemping to conceive, birth, nurture and raise a functional egalitarian democracy was no mistake.
administration is vilified for its foreign policy failures in 2003 through 2006,
but very few are willing to concede the huge foreign policy learning that the
adminstration undertook to set a new course toward victory. We are not done, as
General David Petraeus said this week, but the level of violence in Iraq over
the last year has dropped so dramatically that the conflict has all but disappeared from the front pages of the newspapers.
The notion of Iraq as FUBAR among implacable antiwar forces - as well
as mainstream journalists - will be difficult to dislodge.
The truth, of course, is that we're winning in Iraq, and while considerable debate
over the strength of al Qaeda or other anti-democratic groups will continue, the
fact remains that we can simply either recognize the phenomenal progress we've
made - and commit American resources and will to seeing the job through - or we
can succumb to a cost-sensitivity that will set back American foreign interests
more disastrously than at any time since Vietnam - an earlier, regrettable
retreat from war that left the world's correlation of forces dangerously
advantageous to the evil designs of Marxist-Leninist totalitarianism.
We cannot afford to do the same today.
There's no retreat from the struggle, no matter the political dynamics at
home. Our enemies won't rest until they've achieved their goal of the complete
and utter destruction of the United States, by any means necessary."
"As He died to make men Holy, let us die to make men free"