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Friday, December 16, 2005

We are Succeeding in Iraq

Reaction around the MSM has been pretty positive regarding yesterday's elections in Iraq. Despite widespread attempts by the media to downplay the many positive things that we have been accomplishing in Iraq, it is near impossible to deny the importance of the outstanding participation in this exercise of democracy.

Over at National Review, William F. Buckley weighs in with his thoughts:
What happened that was of great importance was the decision by the Sunni insurgents to permit people to vote without threatening death and mayhem. That license increased the participation rate from a little over 50 percent of eligible voters last January to about 70 percent on Thursday. We will not have long to wait before seeing whether the insurgents’ decision was an acknowledgment of political reality, or only a temporary maneuver calculated to reinforce their strength in showdowns to come.
Meanwhile over at Real Clear Politics, Tom Bevan lays one on the media for their complete failure to put our present conflict in any sort of historical context.

Finally, the incomparable Peggy Noonan is eloquent as always in reminding us that this struggle is much bigger than George W. Bush. A sample:
News reports both in print and on television also seem to be suggesting a turn. They seem to suggest a new knowledge on the ground in Iraq that democracy is inevitable, is the future, and if you don't want to be left behind you'd better jump in. One senses a growing democratic spirit. A sense that daring deeds can produce real progress.

'Tis devoutly to be wished, and all of good faith must wish it.
She says ever so much more, I encourage you to read it here.


Blogger James Atticus Bowden said...

I write 'national' op eds almost every week. I asked about 7 of my retired-Army-still-working-for-DoD buddies to check out my next to last 'A Nation Worthy of Its Army' and got a 'go'.

Define victory and we can decide if we are winning.

Does victory equal no Saddam and a stable government not supporting Islamists?

Does victory go away if a powerful man or faction take over the government 2 years from now? 10? 20?

Does victory have to include individual rights, with freedom of religion, and the Rule of Law?

Pick you criteria and evaluate the progress.

I am all for getting Saddam out. I caution against Wilsonian idealism about further flowering of democracy as we know it.

The elections are very symbolic events. Safety and security for one's family and self - depending on who provides that will determine the outcome. Let's hope it is the Iraqi Army we are training.

8:32 AM


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