This message comes from Michael Yon who called Glen Reynolds to give him the news you probably haven’t heard anywhere in the mainstream media:
“THE WAR IS OVER AND WE WON:” Michael Yon just phoned from Baghdad, and reports that things are much better than he had expected, and he had expected things to be good. “There’s nothing going on. I’m with the 10th Mountain Division, and about half of the guys I’m with haven’t fired their weapons on this tour and they’ve been here eight months. And the place we’re at, South Baghdad, used to be one of the worst places in Iraq. And now there’s nothing going on. I’ve been walking my feet off and haven’t seen anything. I’ve been asking Iraqis, ‘do you think the violence will kick up again,’ but even the Iraqi journalists are sounding optimistic now and they’re usually dour.” There’s a little bit of violence here and there, but nothing that’s a threat to the general situation. Plus, not only the Iraqi Army, but even the National Police are well thought of by the populace. Training from U.S. troops has paid off, he says, in building a rapport.
He says the big problem everybody is talking about now is corruption. But hey, we have that here, too. He’ll be heading to Afghanistan next week. “Afghanistan is a bad situation, but on Iraq I can’t believe things have turned out so well.”
Michael also says that Obama can pull some troops out of Iraq and send them into Afghanistan without any negative repercussions, thanks to President Bush’s tenacity and our troops’ skill and unshakable commitment. The media will do what they can to give all the credit to Obama even though he and the rest of the Democrats minus a small minority fought tooth and nail to undermine President Bush, our troops, and their efforts.
So what’s the big picture? We have a democratically elected government in the Middle East, making it one less country under the control of tyrannical dictators, which is important for not only our national security but the rest of the world’s too.
Bob Owens at Confederate Yankee, one of my favorite sites, writes this:
Our soldiers in Iraq have played many roles and worn many hats, but it seems that their primary role now is that of a peacekeeper, providing support to a government and a people that seem increasingly capable of handling their own affairs.
We can declare victory because President Bush wouldn’t quit on his troops. If Barack Obama had his way, a triumphant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi would have had a chance to have made the same claim over the Caliphate of Iraq.
Indeed. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, however, met his 79 virgins in June of 2006 thanks to President Bush and the US and Allied Forces.