June 03, 2008

Yon: War Could be Over By Year's End

A stunning prediction from Michael Yon:

One of the biggest problems with the Iraq War is that politics has frequently triumphed over truth. For instance, we went into Iraq with shoddy intelligence (at best), no reconstruction plan, and perhaps half as many troops as were required. We refused to admit that an insurgency was growing, until the country collapsed into anarchy and civil war. Now the truth is that Iraq is showing real progress on many fronts: Al Qaeda is being defeated and violence is down and continuing to decrease. As a result, the militias have lost their reason for existence and are getting beaten back or co-opted. Shia, Sunni and Kurds are coming together -- although with various stresses -- under the national government. If progress continues at this rate, it is very possible that before 2008 is out, we can finally say "the war has ended."

This comes as part of Yon's offer to tour Iraq with U.S. Senators—including the Presidential candidates—so that they can make informed decisions regarding the progress of the conflict.

If Yon is accurate, then Democrats (including Barack Obama) who continue to insist that the war is lost are going to lose all of their credibility in coming months. They will of course try to pivot, and make up some excuse to take credit for the success of operations in Iraq if such a situation develops.

History will not remember pro-defeat politicians or activists kindly.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at June 3, 2008 12:09 PM

Things seem to get improving in Afghanistan as well. This will also remove another Democratic talking point; that our commitments in Iraq have kept us from achieving victory in Afghanistan.

Posted by: BohicaTwentyTwo at June 3, 2008 02:13 PM

They will of course try to pivot, and make up some excuse to take credit for the success of operations in Iraq if such a situation develops.

Hasn't that already started, with the claim that opposition to The Surge is what made it successful?

Posted by: teqjack at June 3, 2008 02:41 PM

"History will not remember pro-defeat politicians or activists kindly."

It will not matter for the lections because the MSN will not let it matter.

Posted by: davod at June 3, 2008 03:00 PM

Harry Reeds declaration of "this war is lost" will be an enduring historical statement about the democrat party during the GWOT.

Posted by: grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr at June 3, 2008 03:35 PM

oh please...... any success in Iraq is because of the Iranians. i know this because i saw it on the news.


Posted by: redc1c4 at June 3, 2008 04:35 PM

Official Democratic Statement on the Iraq War, February 2009:

Today, President Barack Obama announced the end of hostilities in Iraq, and all U.S. forces are being withdrawn from that country posthaste.

"Our success in Iraq is because of our failures," the President said in his official statement. "As I predicted in 2006, the surge of troops instituted by the previous administration was a futile effort. This futility has led directly to our victory."

Obama also stated that his recent 275% tax increase is actually a tax decrease and the current record unemployment that zoomed to 87.3% since his inauguration has been a boon to the economy.

"At this rate," Obama said, "the nation's impending collapse will lead to unequaled prosperity."

Posted by: Just Askin' at June 3, 2008 05:50 PM

After the Democrats forced us out of Vietnam, the GOP won every Presidential race until the end of the Cold War except one: Carter, which was likely a reaction against Nixon. The people remembered, in other words.

If Obama gets into the White House and forces us out of Iraq, the Dems can expect another couple of decades of being out of the Oval Office.

Posted by: C-C-G at June 3, 2008 09:47 PM

Looks like Iraq is trying to grow up...

When I first read this article, I was encouraged, but then I read this: "What are the threats that require U.S. forces to be there?" asked Nadeem Al-Jaberi, a co-founder of the al-Fadhila Shi'ite political party, speaking through a translator.

"I would like to inform you, there are no threats on Iraq. We are capable of solving our own problems," he declared. He favored a quick pullout of U.S. forces, which invaded the country in 2003 and currently number around 155,000. (end quote)

This clown is either extremely naive or he just really enjoys chewing on the hand that is currently feeding him.

Posted by: Torino Rossi at June 4, 2008 11:22 PM

Damn! So much for my paycheck...

Posted by: Big Country at June 5, 2008 03:01 PM

How does it go? ...Dream River wider than the sky...

Posted by: BrotherBoneHead at June 5, 2008 03:47 PM