March 19, 2006


What We've Gained In 3 Years in Iraq (Donald H. Rumsfeld, March 19, 2006, Washington Post)

Some have described the situation in Iraq as a tightening noose, noting that "time is not on our side"and that "morale is down." Others have described a "very dangerous" turn of events and are "extremely concerned."

Who are they that have expressed these concerns? In fact, these are the exact words of terrorists discussing Iraq -- Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his associates -- who are describing their own situation and must be watching with fear the progress that Iraq has made over the past three years.

The terrorists seem to recognize that they are losing in Iraq. I believe that history will show that to be the case.

Fortunately, history is not made up of daily headlines, blogs on Web sites or the latest sensational attack. History is a bigger picture, and it takes some time and perspective to measure accurately.

Consider that in three years Iraq has gone from enduring a brutal dictatorship to electing a provisional government to ratifying a new constitution written by Iraqis to electing a permanent government last December. In each of these elections, the number of voters participating has increased significantly -- from 8.5 million in the January 2005 election to nearly 12 million in the December election -- in defiance of terrorists' threats and attacks.

Are we really supposed to trust the assessments of the Iraqis instead of the Pelosis?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 19, 2006 10:02 AM

We should trust ANYBODY's word before we trust Rumsfeld's.

The next time he's right about anything having to do with iraq will be a first.

Posted by: Robert at March 19, 2006 4:28 PM

What has he been wrong about?

He was right that we should send fewer troops, not more. He was right that the insurgents couldn't disrupt the creation of a new government. He was right about the Iraqis being able to take over.

Posted by: oj at March 19, 2006 4:34 PM

miss the dynamic and visionary leadership of richard cohen, do we ?

Posted by: tow at March 19, 2006 4:46 PM

And Eric Shinseki, who wanted 250,000 men in country (which would have probably been doubled, if the pundits and McCain had any say in the matter).

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 19, 2006 4:48 PM


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