Saturday, November 03, 2007
The Left's Alternative Reality
"He is the President of the United States already talking about his library -- what is he going to have in the library?" she asked. "A tax cut for the wealthiest people in the country at the expense of the middle class and a war without end that is a total failure?"
I'm going to assume she is talking about Gulf War II in Iraq. We all still remember her counterpart in the Senate, vivacious and affable Harry Reid, saying last April: I believe ... that this war is lost, and this surge is not accomplishing anything, as is shown by the extreme violence in Iraq this week.
Is that the truth, have we lost the war? Is it a total failure?
Not according to these stories:
1) The Petraeus Curve in the London Times on line; (Money quote:
All of these attitudes have become outdated. There are many valid complaints about the manner in which the Bush Administration and Donald Rumsfeld, in particular, managed Iraq after the 2003 military victory. But not to recognise that matters have improved vastly in the year since Mr Rumsfeld's resignation from the Pentagon was announced and General Petraeus was liberated would be ridiculous. Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic have to appreciate that Iraq is no longer, as they thought, an exercise in damage limitation but one of making the most of an opportunity. The instinct of too many people is that if Iraq is going badly we should get out because it is going badly and if it is getting better we should get out because it is getting better. This is a catastrophic miscalculation. Iraq is getting better. That is good, not bad, news.)
2. Thousands Return to Safer Iraqi Capital at AP; (Money quote:
In a dramatic turnaround, more than 3,000 Iraqi families driven out of their Baghdad neighborhoods have returned to their homes in the past three months as sectarian violence has dropped, the government said Saturday.
More than four months after U.S. forces completed a 30,000-strong force buildup, the death toll for both Iraqis and Americans has fallen dramatically for two months running. ) and,
3. Iraqi Islamic Party: “Al Qaeda is Defeated” by Michael Yon. (Money quote:
“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.)
Oh, and this graph too, which seems pretty irrefutable.
There is none so blind as he (or she) who will not see. That's certainly the left on Iraq.
In Northern Iraq, the PKK announced it has suspended all operations in Turkey in return for which Turkey announced a general amnesty covering all prior PKK crimes.
In Tehran, President Amadinejad announced that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard would immediately stop training Shiite militias to fabricate new and deadly IEDs for use against United States military personnel and Iraqi security forces.
At the borders, long lines of refugees trying to return to Iraq to resume their lives as professionals and intellectuals waited patiently in the sun, hoping their return could occur before their high school's homecoming soccer games.
In Washington, President Bush, whose approval ratings soared from 29% to 88%, announced his plans to save social security and provide private health care to all Americans by eliminating all income and other taxes on Americans earning $200,000.00 a year or more.
He also stated at a ceremony awarding the Medal of Freedom jointly to Peyton Manning and Dick Cheney, that the major threat to American security was not Kim Il Jung, Our Dear Leader, but Robert Kraft and Bill Bellicheck whom he proclaimed to be the new axis evil.
In Des Moines, thousands of retirees have decided to move to Baghdad rather than the sun belt, citing advantages to cost of living and availability of cultural events.
In New York, the U.N. announced it would donate one trillion dollars to the United States to defray past and future costs of the invasion of Iraq.
Don't let anyone tell you it was a wasted effort.
So we are down to only 600 attacks per week. Victory! This kind of numbers play reminds me of the deficit. Bump it up to 4 times what it was before, cut it in half a claim victory!
Great plan! Sorry, but late in 2005 I thought it was a failure. Regardless of the fact that it is better than a year ago, I'm not seeing the success.
Call me a pessimist. I don't mind, and it wouldn't be the first time.