Yup, we’re winning, the lefty bloggers deny it, the Dems can’t stand it, and Conservatives are excited as ever at the prospect of victory in Iraq. Now if only we could translate the same victory to Afghanistan.
Although I disagree with McCain on most things, I can’t deny that his right-on policy on the war against Islamic jihad. Here’s what he had to say today about the 1 year anniversary of the Surge. (Weekly Standard)
“A year ago today the president announced that five additional brigades would be deployed to Iraq, which Osama bin Laden’s top lieutenant called a central battlefront in al Qaeda’s war against us. I had long argued that a change in course in Iraq was critical to achieve success there. Today, thanks to the tremendous leadership of General Petraeus and the bravery of our troops, the surge is working.
“When the troop surge and new counterinsurgency campaign was first implemented, many politicians either outright opposed it or equivocated and hedged, but I was convinced that the new counterinsurgency plan was sound and the courage of our ground commander and his troops would prevail over the Islamist extremist enemy.
Today, operations by American forces, in partnership with our Iraqi allies, have put the terrorists on the defensive, yielded significant intelligence on our enemies, and turned Iraq around from the direction it was headed. We will succeed in Iraq if we don’t lose our resolve. We must not succumb to the calls of some for retreat. We will not surrender, our enemies will.”