If you wanted us out of Iraq a few years ago, if you wanted us to run like cowards because the going was a bit tough, if you uttered the words “not in my name” while speaking about Iraq, then you cannot claim the victory that pretty much everyone has now come to the conclusion Iraq is. When the AP, the news organization that did its best to spin and misinform any news on the war to prevent anyone from saying Bush was right, writes that we have won in Iraq….then you can be pretty sure that the left has no where else to run to except their echo chambers at DummiesU and KOS.
The United States is now winning the war that two years ago seemed lost.
Limited, sometimes sharp fighting and periodic terrorist bombings in Iraq are likely to continue, possibly for years. But the Iraqi government and the U.S. now are able to shift focus from mainly combat to mainly building the fragile beginnings of peace — a transition that many found almost unthinkable as recently as one year ago.
Despite the occasional bursts of violence, Iraq has reached the point where the insurgents, who once controlled whole cities, no longer have the clout to threaten the viability of the central government.
That does not mean the war has ended or that U.S. troops have no role in Iraq. It means the combat phase finally is ending, years past the time when President Bush optimistically declared it had (ed. they still can’t help themselves….spin spin and more spin). The new phase focuses on training the Iraqi army and police, restraining the flow of illicit weaponry from Iran, supporting closer links between Baghdad and local governments, pushing the integration of former insurgents into legitimate government jobs and assisting in rebuilding the economy.
I think a section of Senator McCain’s recent speech is worth putting up here right about now:
If Senator Obama had prevailed, American forces would have had to retreat under fire. The Iraqi Army would have collapsed. Civilian casualties would have increased dramatically. Al Qaeda would have killed the Sunni sheikhs who had begun to cooperate with us, and the “Sunni Awakening” would have been strangled at birth. Al Qaeda fighters would have safe havens, from where they could train Iraqis and foreigners, and turn Iraq into a base for launching attacks on Americans elsewhere. Civil war, genocide and wider conflict would have been likely.
Above all, America would have been humiliated and weakened. Our military, strained by years of sacrifice, would have suffered a demoralizing defeat. Our enemies around the globe would have been emboldened. Terrorists would have seen our defeat as evidence America lacked the resolve to defeat them. As Iraq descended into chaos, other countries in the Middle East would have come to the aid of their favored factions, and the entire region might have erupted in war. Every American diplomat, American military commander, and American leader would have been forced to speak and act from a position of weakness.
Senator Obama told the American people what he thought you wanted to hear. I told you the truth.
And his latest ad:
Its going to be quite amusing to watch as the left backpedals on this war and tries to tell us they were for victory all along. Everyone just misunderstood them you see. Just watch as Obama spins his prior statements on the surge to get an example of what we will be hearing for years to come.
The Iraqi people should be very happy that the left in this country lost in their attempt to make us a lose this war.