Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Death Blow To Defeatists

by Pete Hegseth - January 14th, 2008 - National Review Online

. . . for the past six months — because of General Petraeus’s new counter-insurgency strategy and the courage of 165,000 Americans — Iraqis have seen hope (one might even say “audacious hope”), and they have responded. Bolstered by American commitment, and weary of al-Qaeda brutality, the Iraqi people — Sunni and Shia together in many areas — have started cooperating at the local level.

As a result, violence continues to plummet, with attacks throughout Iraq down 60 percent since June and civilian deaths down 75 percent from a year ago. Iraqis are returning home by the tens of thousands. The incoming flow of foreign fighters have been cut in half. And despite a “surge” of troops, American combat deaths are near all-time monthly lows in Iraq. This is all wonderful news.

All the while, the Defeat-o-cratic leadership in Congress (Reid, Pelosi, & co.) and the Defeat-o-cratic presidential candidates have done everything they can to deny — obvious — progress. I cite two very recent examples from the “clinging to defeat” caucus: First, four days ago Majority Leader Reid said in a statement, “As President Bush continues to cling stubbornly to his flawed strategy, al-Qaeda only grows stronger.” Tell that to al-Qaeda in Iraq, Mr. Majority Leader…those you can still find alive. And while a few defeated fighters may flee elsewhere, they have lost in Iraq. And losing is not an effective recruiting tool for jihadists.

The young generation of America is doing a great job of defending our freedom and assuring that the battle against the Islamo-fascists is waged on their own soil. Our young people recognize that if we do not defeat them there, we will have to fight them here. They have responded magnificently. The incredible all volunteer military is proving that this nation still has patriots who will fight for our freedom. God bless the American soldier. God bless this young generation. They have proven we are still the greatest nation on earth. They can stand proudly with the great freedom fighters of any generation America has produced.


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