Monday, July 30, 2007

A War We Just Might Win

NYT reported Here is the most important thing Americans need to understand: We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms.
If that is what it looks like to two analysts who have harshly criticized the Bush administration, just think what it looks like to a really objective reporter.
As two analysts who have harshly criticized the Bush administration’s miserable handling of Iraq, we were surprised by the gains we saw and the potential to produce not necessarily “victory”
The NYT woould never let you call it a victory, because they are so desperate to see a Democrate elected in 2008.
but a sustainable stability that both we and the Iraqis could live with.

CQ blogged In fact, O'Hanlon and Pollack recommend that Congress stop talking about withdrawal. They conclude with a near-heresy: they recommend sustaining the current effort until 2008. Now that we have found a formula for success, have brought the Iraqis on board with our focus on their worst enemy, and have figured out the nation-building process, it would be a tragedy to throw all of this success away.

Bryan blogged This NYT article is significant both for what it says, and for who is saying it. Prior to the war, Kenneth Pollack was a Democrat who supported it, gave interviews to blogs like Talking Points Memo supporting it with some caveats, but like many Americans turned against the war as the problems and casualties mounted. Now, at least going by this article, he’s back on board. And importantly, he’s back on board because he has recently visited Iraq and seen tangible progress there.

Marc blogged The Left is going to go ballistic when they read this.

Gaius blogged

Sister Toldja blogged Wow - in one day, three prominent lefties are agreeing that the Iraq war is worth winning and winnable. The far left’s collective head must be spinning around on its neck a la Linda Blair in The Exorcist.

Betsy Newmark blogged Read the rest and remember - this is in the New York Times! Perhaps their editors read their own paper.

Noel Sheppard blogged I have to wonder if a staunchly anti-war media, after pushing for an expeditious withdrawal of troops for many months, are beginning to recognize the humanitarian disaster that certainly follows such a capricious act. Or, is it possible that the surge is indeed working, and rather than report that before it has fully succeeded, press members are slowly moving away from their previous cut-and-run posture to position themselves better for a possible victory? Either way, it was nonetheless refreshing to witness such an honest discussion about this crucial issue being had by such liberal journalists.

Curt blogged The Gray Lady Concedes - "We Are Finally Getting Somewhere In Iraq"

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