Friday, July 18, 2008


UPDATE: below

Fred Kagan, Kimberly Kagan and Jack Keane in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal:
All of the most important objectives of the surge have been accomplished in Iraq. The sectarian civil war is ended; al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) has been dealt a devastating blow; and the Sadrist militia and other Iranian-backed militant groups have been disrupted.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi government has accomplished almost all of the legislative benchmarks set by the U.S. Congress and the Bush administration. More important, it is gaining wider legitimacy among the population. The attention of Iraqis across the country is focused on the upcoming provincial elections, which will be a pivotal moment in Iraq's development.

The result is that we have an extraordinary – but fleeting – opportunity to advance America's security and the stability of a vital region of the world.

Wolf Howling lays out the evidence of "victory in Iraq."


GW said...

That was a good article by Kagan. Michael Yon thinks the counterinsurgency is over and V-I Day is here. Michael Totten pretty much agrees also. I think that they are right. Kagan says much the same thing and I agree heartilly with his recommendations. The next big challenge is going to come out of Iran.

OBloodyHell said...

> The next big challenge is going to come out of Iran.

The next big challenge may be the idiot we put in the oval office.

As a matter of fact, that appears to be a certainty.

I think the only difference is the direction the challenge comes from, considering this:

As McCain put it, Katie, "if the Vice President says it's doable, I believe it's doable."

The question is not if it's doable, it's if it's even vaguely rational. That McCain thinks this is something worthwhile to respond to is nuts. How the hell did this dipshit get the nomination of the same party that produced GWBush and Ronald Reagan?


Western Society appears to be determined to commit suicide. We are, indeed, in Robert Heinlein's "Crazy Years". I'm beginning to suspect that our only hope lies in just going out and killing all the boomers (not a serious suggestion, mind you -- merely an observation of where the lunacy is generated from and centered upon).

Anonymous said...

OBloodyHell said...
"The next big challenge may be the idiot we put in the oval office."

Speak for yourself. I ain't no part of the "we." Perhaps you align yourself with the Supreme Court.

Whoever is responsible for this Bush being in the White House is, I hope, reaping their just rewards.

In the meantime, our great nation continues to deteriorate in every way while you Bush boosters prevail.

Maybe Bush will pull the rug out from under McCain and Obama, by declaring success in Iraq and withdrawing before election day.

After all, there is Afghanistan and Iran to deal with.

Carl said...


Regarding the 2000 election: you're wrong. And can you amplify on your last line?

OBloodyHell said...

> After all, there is Afghanistan and Iran to deal with.

Yes, and I'm SURE Obama will help THAT along a *lot*. When he invites Aminajad along to "talk" about his attitude towards the West and towards Israel, I'm sure that will go a LONG way towards settling the issues surrounding the ME. I have no doubt that Obama will come back waving a sheet of paper and declaring "Peace For Our Time", just like another walking and talking fool.

Jeez. Can we locate a more clueless putz to post a comment here? No? I didn't think so.

Carl said...


Anony sure does seem mindlessly to repeat lefty nostrums without a scintilla of support or citation.