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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Our Victory in Iraq


      We've won, but the war isn't over.  And until the war's over, we haven't really won.  STICK IT!

At Length:

      Karl Zinmeister has a post at The American Enterprise titled The War is Over, and We Won.  He makes some excellent points:
      Your editor returned to Iraq in April and May of 2005 for another embedded period of reporting.  I could immediately see improvements compared to my earlier extended tours during 2003 and 2004.  The Iraqi security forces, for example, are vastly more competent, and in some cases quite inspiring.  Baghdad is now choked with traffic.  Cell phones have spread like wildfire.  And satellite TV dishes sprout from even the most humble mud hovels in the countryside.

      Many of the soldiers I spent time with during this spring had also been deployed during the initial invasion back in 2003.  Almost universally they talked to me about how much change they could see in the country. They noted progress in the attitudes of the people, in the condition of important infrastructure, in security. . . .

      What the establishment media covering Iraq have utterly failed to make clear today is this central reality: With the exception of periodic flare-ups in isolated corners, our struggle in Iraq as warfare is over.  Egregious acts of terror will continue—in Iraq as in many other parts of the world. But there is now no chance whatever of the U.S. losing this critical guerilla war.

      But is that enough?  I thought on this, and posted the following as a comment at INDC Journal:
      As has been said, it depends on what you mean by 'we've won,' and 'the war is over.'

      After the battle of Kursk, the WWII in Europe was effectively won.  The Pacific portion was effectively won after we took Guam and Tinian.

      But WWII wasn't over.

      And we had effectively won the Viet Nam War by 1970.  The Party of Treason, aka the Democrats, later managed to hand it back to the other side.

      With the Iraqi elections, and the victories in Fallujah, etc., plus the building of an Iraqi Army that will fight, we have effectively won the war.  But it isn't over.  If we don't flinch, it will be over in a couple of years, with the U.S. victorious.

      Hat tip: the Blogfather.



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