To get in focus with what that will be, I send you to Reuel Marc Gerecht over at American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research - Why the Worst Is Probably Over in Iraq
- The Brookings Institution's Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack--both sincere, thoughtful Democrats--were pilloried on the Left for their July 2007 New York Times op-ed, "We Just Might Win," which concluded that the surge was working and deserved support. Today, just a little more than four months later, some of the people who hurled animadversions at O'Hanlon and Pollack probably wish they had been a bit more measured in their criticism of the two scholars.
- All gains can be lost in short order if we precipitously pull out our troops before the Iraqi's are up to the task of providing their own security.
- Political benchmarks set out by our government are somewhat pointless as Iraq needs to be what the Iraqi's want, not what our government wants.