Nine months ago, when I was last in Iraq, the conventional wisdom about the war effort was unduly pessimistic. Many politicians, and not only Democrats, had declared the surge a failure when it had barely begun. Today we know that the surge has succeeded: Iraqi and American deaths fell by approximately 80 percent between December 2006 and December 2007, and life is returning to a semblance of normality in much of Baghdad. Now the danger is that public opinion may be turning too optimistic.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Short post pointing to a long read
Another good summary of where we are in Iraq by Max Boot at The Weekly Standard is We Are Winning. We Haven't Won.