Do you notice how prominent Democrats are now coming out FOR the Surge? Do you notice how they're doing it in a coordinated way, making sure several people announce the "good news" around the same time? Something good must be happening in Iraq; at least, by Washington standards.
... Clinton said new tactics have brought some success against insurgents, particularly in Iraq's Anbar province.
"It's working. We're just years too late in changing our tactics," she said. "We can't ever let that happen again. We can't be fighting the last war. We have to keep preparing to fight the new war."
Top Senate Democrats have started to acknowledge progress in Iraq, with the chairman of the Armed Services Committee yesterday saying the U.S. troop surge is producing "measurable results."
Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan highlighted improved security in Baghdad and al Qaeda losses in Anbar province as examples of success — a shift for Democrats who have mainly discounted or ignored advances on the battlefield for weeks.
... The measure of success in Iraq has shifted many times, ranging from establishment of a "democratic" style government in Iraq to simple stability by bringing terrorist attacks to a halt. Just what is the "end game" in Iraq and Afghanistan? Well, whenever we do pull out Troops from these countries the result will be as if absolutely nothing has ever taken place. The defining factor in this world-wide battle is ISLAM. As long as Islam exists, these areas of operation will eventually revert back to their old ways, this time with a renewed, stronger vengence against the West.
History has shown that when a country fights a war to subdue an enemy only; when it fights to cause an ememy to draw back and think twice before it attacks again; then that enemy will eventually come back stronger and more hateful than ever before.
Wars must never be fought to simply subdue and warn. They must be fought with all-out effort to result in complete and utter capitulation and humiliating defeat for the enemy. We have not even come close to this in the last few years. Our war colleges need to be shut down - they are as inept as our public schools. Everyone arm yourselves now, in a big way, because we will someday have to fight along side our neighbors, protecting ourselves from the Muslim enemy AND the centralized one at home.
...it just so happens that Victor Davis Hanson speaks to the willingness of Americans to give up the fight in an interview with FrontPageMag. It's very educational.
...think about it. If we give up now, as VDH implies, will we ever have courage to fight for own homes?