The United States is at last making significant progress against al Qaeda in Iraq--but the road to victory now requires cutting off al Qaeda's road to Iraq through Damascus.
Thanks to Gen. David Petraeus's new counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq, and the strength and skill of the American soldiers fighting there, al Qaeda in Iraq is now being routed from its former strongholds in Anbar and Diyala provinces. Many of Iraq's Sunni Arabs, meanwhile, are uniting with us against al Qaeda, alienated by the barbarism and brutality of their erstwhile allies.
As Gen. Petraeus recently said of al Qaeda in Iraq: "We have them off plan."
But defeating al Qaeda in Iraq requires not only that we continue pressing the offensive against its leadership and infrastructure inside the country. We must also aggressively target its links to "global" al Qaeda and close off the routes its foreign fighters are using to get into Iraq.
Uncle Jimbo at Black Five is contemplating if there's any way the anti-war surrender monkey's can still pull defeat from the jaws of victory with his post US, French & United Nations victorious in Iraq
- Now here is why this tactic is such a brilliant one. The howling from the left comes largely in the form of Bring the Troops Home. By making troop reductions part of the post-surge COIN strategy he takes the heart out of the opposition. The reason for bringing the troops home had as much to do with declaring a defeat on W and the neo-con imperialist cabal as it ever did with genuine concern for the soldiers. By co-opting the Bring the Troops Home message the defeat cannot be declared and even worse the specter of victory is actually looming and that is very bad news for a party that has done all it can to lose the war. Man those videos of all the defeat-mongers are going to sting. I wonder if they still have that Mission Accomplished banner, wouldn't that just make their freakin' heads explode? All right I know I'm getting ahead of myself, but you have to have goals.