GayandRight

My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (www.freethinkingfilms.com)

Monday, June 09, 2008

Iraq seems to be on track.....

I think history will be a lot kinder on George Bush...
America has won, or is about to win, the Iraq war.

The latest proof came last month, as the Iraqi army - just a few months ago the target of scorn and abuse from Democratic politicians and journalists - forcefully reoccupied three cities that had served as key insurgency bases (Basra, Sadr City and Mosul).

Sunnis and Shias alike applauded as their nation's army compelled insurgent militias to lay down their arms. The country's leading opposition newspaper, Azzaman, led the applause for the move into Mosul - a sign that national reconciliation in Iraq is under way and probably irreversible.

US combat deaths in May also were down to 20, the lowest monthly total since February 2004. The toll for May 2007 was 121.

In a Washington Post interview, CIA Director Michael Hayden said we're witnessing the "near strategic defeat of al Qaeda in Iraq."

The Bush administration has taken heaps of abuse for its Iraq policy, including its decision to launch the "surge" last December. Now the strategy, which our nation's "best and brightest" regularly dismissed as a failure, has cleared the way for the establishment of a secure democracy in Iraq and a lasting peace.

It would be foolish to pop open the victory champagne yet. The truce between the Shia and Sunni in Iraq remains fragile; al Qaeda may well launch one more last-ditch offensive there (a la Tet 1968), in order to discourage the US and/or Iraq publics on the eve of the elections.

Meanwhile, we're still fighting a vicious insurgency in Afghanistan, and have yet to root out the al Qaeda remnants of along the Afghan-Pakistan border. And the continued threat of home-grown terror cells keeps European governments nervous.

In wars, however, trends have their own momentum. And the trend is running away from al Qaeda and its jihadist allies - not only in Iraq but also across the Middle East.

According to Hayden, al Qaeda faces a similar strategic debacle in Saudi Arabia.

And al Qaeda's fugitive leadership is learning that its former safe haven along the Afghan-Pakistan border is no longer so safe. Thanks to cooperation with Pakistan's new government, unmanned US Predator drones recently killed two top al Qaeda leaders there.

3 Comments:

Anonymous jason bo green said...

Iraq should have been won a long time ago -- a victory this year will be very welcomed by me, but it will not change the fact that Bush's team bungled the execution years ago. I can predict history being 'kinder' in terms of being wrathless and more objective, but his blunders are just too epic to be overlooked. IOW he won't be "hated" by historians, but he'll be regarded as a failure.

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama still wants to raise the white flag and surrender in Iraq, the Democrats are nostalgic for defeat. So if remnants of al-Qaeda can just hang on til after the US election, then the jihadis may still be able to bring death and destruction for years to come - if the Democrats are elected.

George Bush will be remembered as a President with vision and guts - he took on the middle east and it's working.

Previous Presidents, especially fools like Carter, only blathered about peace in the middle east - George Bush is delivering.

The Bush economy is better than Clinton's was in every way - only media morons seem to think otherwise. If they have convinced people that these are tough economic times - these fooled people will be in for a huge shock if there's ever a real recession.

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous is right..History will treat George Bush very kindly.
Winston Churchill was hated by the Socialist Labour Party under Clement Attlee, and after their election ruined the British economy for many years to come.
It took another strong Conservative..Magaret Thatcher to get the Good Ship Blighty sailing again..

11:53 AM  

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