November 4, 2007

EXCEPT THAT THE LEFT IS SO DISCOURAGED...:

The Petraeus Curve: Serious success in Iraq is not being recognised as it should be (Times of London, 11/03/07)

Is no news good news or bad news? In Iraq, it seems good news is deemed no news. There has been striking success in the past few months in the attempt to improve security, defeat al-Qaeda sympathisers and create the political conditions in which a settlement between the Shia and the Sunni communities can be reached. This has not been an accident but the consequence of a strategy overseen by General David Petraeus in the past several months. While summarised by the single word “surge” his efforts have not just been about putting more troops on the ground but also employing them in a more sophisticated manner. This drive has effectively broken whatever alliances might have been struck in the past by terrorist factions and aggrieved Sunnis. Cities such as Fallujah, once notorious centres of slaughter, have been transformed in a remarkable time.

Indeed, on every relevant measure, the shape of the Petraeus curve is profoundly encouraging.


...they can't even bring themselves to acknowledge about it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 4, 2007 8:56 AM
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