Friday, July 13, 2007

Growing With Time

By Charles Krauthammer - July 13th, 2007 -

A year ago, a confidential Marine intelligence report declared Anbar province (which comprises about a third of Iraq's territory) lost to al-Qaeda. Now, in what the Times' John Burns calls an "astonishing success," the tribal sheiks have joined our side and committed large numbers of fighters that, in concert with American and Iraqi forces, have largely driven out al-Qaeda and turned its former stronghold of Ramadi into one of most secure cities in Iraq.

If any single situation can make a mockery of Harry Reid's repeated assertion "this war is lost", it is Anbar Province. The democrat contention that this war is lost would be the equivalent of declaring after the Battle of the Bulge, "this war is lost". There were among the gutless appeasers of World War II those who were convinced at every turn that we were losing and that allowing Germany to obtain a cease fire to end the conflict was the best course of action. In those days, Americans consistently defeated such people. Today, we have made them majority leader and speaker of the house. If there is any cause for concern in our nation today it is the question, "how can we remain optimistic when we see Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi leading the legislature of our nation?"

If they had their choice, our military would be required to give back Anbar Province to our enemies.


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