You gotta love these kind of articles in which the lefty reporters try to spin a story that involves Bush having no choice but withdrawal from Iraq. The only problem is that the storytellers these reporters use are these kind of “anonymous” sources:
according to lawmakers in both parties, foreign policy experts and others involved in policymaking
Which could very well be anybody. But from this we are to wring in our hands and admit defeat when a majority of that country is pacified? Remember the anonymous sources who told these yahoo’s there would be 27 indictments when Fitzmas rolled around?
The left in this country is just full of it. They have long ago made up their minds about Iraq from the first day the tanks rolled in. This latest article is another example of a couple reporters going to people that they expect will give them what they want to hear, and they were not disappointed.
Take a look at this website which charts the deaths inside Iraq. You can see that the average is about 65 Coalition casualties a month while the Iraqi’s are averaging about 200. If there was a civil war do you think this would be occuring?
As of this August there was 300,000 trained Iraqi security forces in the field with 5,000 more being added every month. By the end of the year the training will be completed. There are only 2 provinces inside Iraq that the coalition deems being not ready for a transition to Iraqi control. (h/t Free Republic)
But in Anbar (one of the those provinces) the Iraqi tribes are working with the Government:
Nearly all the tribes from IraqÃ¯Â¿Â½s volatile Sunni-dominated Anbar Province have agreed to join forces and fight Al Qaeda insurgents and other foreign-backed Ã¯Â¿Â½terrorists,Ã¯Â¿Â½ an influential tribal leader said Sunday. Iraqi government leaders encouraged the movement.
While the coalition helps the Iraqi’s take control of that same province:
SOLDIERS from the Devon and Dorsets have smashed an Iraqi terror cell responsible for launching attacks on British bases in the south.
More than 200 soldiers from the regiment with search dogs and engineers swooped on several homes in a night-time raid in the town of Az Zubayr, eight miles south of Basra.
The troops unearthed more than 19 rockets, rocket propelled grenades, small arms, ammunition, bomb-making equipment and anti-coalition propaganda.
British and Iraqi troops set out Wednesday on an ambitious mission to pacify the southern city of Basra, root out its corrupt police and help the residents rebuild.
Some 2,300 Iraqi army troops and 1,000 British soldiers are taking part in “Operation Sinbad,” with another 2,000 British troops deployed in the surrounding area, said British forces spokesman Maj. Charlie Burbridge.
The troops swept into a southeastern section of the city, Iraq`s second-largest, at about 5:30 a.m. Eventually they will move through the entire city in an operation expected to take months, Burbridge said in a telephone interview from southern Iraq.
“We`re gradually inching our way forward. Ultimately our aim here is to take Basra to a place where it can be turned over to Iraqi control,” he said.
A comment left at Free Republic puts it succinctly:
2 of 18 Providence have been turned over to complete Iraqi control. Out of 18 Iraqi provinces all but 2 are at least partially under Iraqi control All the progress in the war is on our side. The enemy is making no progress. Time is on our side, not theirs.
Another factor on Iraq the Leftists fails to grasp is how the war in Iraq has fundamentally changed in the last 6 months. Because the external Terrorist threat has been significantly reduced, we are able to focus on other lesser threats. Witness what the British down south, and the US in the Baghdad region, are doing. They are working with the Iraqis to weed out the gangs and militia that sprung up in the wake of Saddam’s fall.
Counter Insurgency is slow, painful work. But the progress is all on our side. The “Insurgents” has demonstrated no ability to politically or militarily evolve. Guerrilla war strategy consists of 3 phases.
1. Stage one: very small unit harassment actions.
2. Stage two: continuation of state one with an evolution to large units actions. Development of larger and large geographic areas fully under Guerrilla control.
3. Stage three: conventional warfare between large units.
The Terrorists are still stuck in stage one of Guerrilla Warfare. They can wreck stuff and kill people they cannot grow. They cannot take and hold ground or engage in anything beyond small scale hit and run attacks.
Their failure to develop a shadow political structure to act as a polar opposite to the Iraqi Government is their fatal flaw. They simply lack the structure or local support network needed to move beyond state one
But we get this kind of stuff from the WaPo:
The growing doubts among GOP lawmakers about the administration’s Iraq strategy, coupled with the prospect of Democratic wins in next month’s midterm elections, will soon force the Bush administration to abandon its open-ended commitment to the war, according to lawmakers in both parties, foreign policy experts and others involved in policymaking.
Senior figures in both parties are coming to the conclusion that the Bush administration will be unable to achieve its goal of a stable, democratic Iraq within a politically feasible time frame. Agitation is growing in Congress for alternatives to the administration’s strategy of keeping Iraq in one piece and getting its security forces up and running while 140,000 U.S. troops try to keep a lid on rapidly spreading sectarian violence.
Look, a majority of Iraq is going well. There are hotbeds of resistance but the resistance to a Democratic Iraq is continuing on the same path that they started, and in the long run this will not work. As the commentor at Free Republic stated, progress is on our side. The MSM can continue to only report the bad, and in so doing try to affect the views of the American public, but as long as Bush has the will to see this through I have no doubt, no doubt at all, that Iraq will succeed in becoming a successful Democracy.
Now, if the Democrats take control of both houses then we can expect that they will de-fund this operation and 1975 will happen all over again. We will cut and run and be viewed the world over as a power that cannot stomache any kind of military action, unless it lasts 72 hours.
This will certainly embolden Osama and his cohorts to believe that in the long run, they can outlast us….
Democrats take control and we will indeed become that paper tiger.
The MSM continues on with their attempts to spin “tet” into this conflict with this sort of reporting:
Al-Qaida-linked gunmen staged military-like parades Friday in a string of towns west of Baghdad, underlining the growing confidence of Sunni insurgents in a part of Iraq where U.S. and Iraqi forces maintain a heavy counterinsurgency presence. Like the audacious show of force by up to 60 insurgents in the city of Ramadi on Wednesday, the latest parades — including two less than a mile from U.S. military bases — were staged in support of an announcement this week by a militant Sunni Arab group that it had created an Islamic state in six of Iraq’s 18 provinces, including the capital, Baghdad.
This kind of article, along with the first example I gave above, is a obvious attempt to tell the American people that the Iraqi war is a disaster, that things are going worse now then before which is far from the truth. They are spinning the Democrats talking points as fact so their plan, to cut and run, will become the ONLY choice in this conflict.
When casualties were down we heard barely a peep out of the MSM. Now that they are up, because of the different OFFENSIVE operations that are ongoing, we are getting a daily dose of shrill cries of “disaster”…..
We are winning in Iraq people. It’s not pretty, it’s not simple, but it will be successful.
As long as the Democrats don’t take power.