November 4, 2007

Iraq: Mission Largely Accomplished

Unexpectedly comes an article set to provoke the anti-war pundits no end. Andrew Bolt, in writing for the Australian Daily Telegraph has come out boldly to declare that, ‘The war in Iraq has been won.

In easy read no-nonsense terms, Andrew, simply presents the evidence that’s points to an impending formal victory and justifies American involvement in the first place.

Lord knows why the Howard Government (and Republican/Administration interests in the U.S.) remains timid and hence refrain from seizing the moment. Indeed, Iraq is far removed from opposition assertions that it remains the ‘greatest … national security policy disaster that our country has seen since Vietnam’.

In light of this, (and many similar reports) Mr Rudd and hordes of anti-war, anti-America crusaders will run for cover or offer and endless, now hackneyed barrage of claptrap that demonstrates how little they know about Iraq, past and present.

Michael Yon also reports from his latest tour in Iraq that al Qaeda is indeed defeated:

“Al Qaeda in Iraq is defeated,” according to Sheik Omar Jabouri, spokesman for the Iraqi Islamic Party and a member of the widespread and influential Jabouri Tribe. Speaking through an interpreter at a 31 October meeting at the Iraqi Islamic Party headquarters in downtown Baghdad, Sheik Omar said that al Qaeda had been “defeated mentally, and therefore is defeated physically,” referring to how clear it has become that the terrorist group’s tactics have backfired. Operatives who could once disappear back into the crowd after committing an increasingly atrocious attack no longer find safe haven among the Iraqis who live in the southern part of Baghdad. They are being hunted down and killed. Or, if they are lucky, captured by Americans.

And Lieutenant General Raymond Odierno draws some pictures for those who can’t believe Iraq really has survived the worst:


As much as I am tempted to quote from the piece it is much preferred that you click on, The war in Iraq has been won, and read the words of one who sees Iraq as I do.

See also Donald Douglas’s take on this at, American Power.

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14 comments:

The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

I totally agree. Yet if one were to base their view of this particular subject on the MSM and how Iraq is portrayed by both the MSM and Democrats, Iraq is still in the dark ages as far as accomplished time lines are concerned!

David Schantz said...

"But, but, but ... but it wasn't worth it! See how many died!" But,but,but... did anyone ever really think Iraq's freedom would come without the loss of life?

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Tapline said...

Well, I think I will say, I hope it's true. God knows enough tears and sweat went into this War, I hope we are seeing the beginning of the end of this conflict. We have had lulls before, but it looks like we have finally turned the corner. Good post....stay well..

American Interests said...

Lib Lie: Slowly MSM and opponents of the war will come around or go into hiding.

david: exactly, thanks for coming around...

Tap: It is true and remains consistent with so many other unrelated reports on the situation over there. Of course it's not over but we are on the right path.

WomanHonorThyself said...

great upbeat post my friend!..thanks for your support too!

American Interests said...

womanhthyself: Thanks, hope your getting plenty of votes!

Debbie said...

The Left has moved on from Iraq to Iran. The word from Iraq is good, therefore they will not mention it.

Oops, just hear it's Pakistan now that the Left is upset about. "Bush KNEW things would turn out this way" and he did nothing. We can't win in their eyes.

American Interests said...

Debbie: "Bush KNEW things would turn out this way" ... That would be right, good point!

Ray said...

What about this report?:

http://news.sbs.com.au/worldnewsaustralia/2007_toll_nears_highest_for_us_in_iraq_134474

"With nearly two months left in the year, 2007 is on course to be the deadliest year on record for American forces in Iraq, despite a recent sharp drop in US deaths."

If the war was over, then why are Western troops still in Iraq? I'm sorry but I'm a bit skeptical about Bolt's interpretation of the statistics. The war in Iraq could even be interpreted as ending when Saddam Hussein was captured. At what point does a war exactly end?

heidianne jackson said...

great post, otto, loved don's piece as well. going to read your other link now. we will never appease the nay sayers, so why do we care so much?!?!? i wish i knew.

Goat said...

For at least four years now I have tried to get out the good news from Iraq and it was an Aussie blogger that inspired me to. Dang his name slips my mind but he quit blogging a couple years ago. Otto, I am sure you can refresh my memory. It is one of those at the tip of the tongue moments.

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Conservative Chic said...

Terrific post! I haven't gotten to Don's but I'm sure he does it justice as well. And what a pretty picture! (Literally)!! Of course there will be those that will try andpull something negative from this, but what else is new. If only people could keep an open mind and look beyond the fatalities to everything positive for a change!

American Interests said...

Ray: Welcome to American Interests. I do not believe anyone has suggested that the war is actually over. The stats Andrew interprets are in relation to the past six or so months. One cannot deny that there has been significant improvement. Thanks for visiting...

Heidianne: We are wired to care, can't help it can we ...

goat: I'm still thinking, really appreciate your coming by ...

Jen: Good to see you here. You make a good point about positivity. Recent news out of Iraq is indeed very positive and this ought be reflected in blogosphere. I know you agree ...