“[I]t’s indisputable that the surge has drastically reduced violence. Attacks have fallen by more than 60 percent[;] al-Qaeda has been dealt a major blow, and the threat of sectarian civil war that seemed imminent a year ago has receded. The monthly total of U.S. fatalities in December was the second-lowest of the war.”
Bush Administration talking points?
This morning’s lead editorial in The Washington Post.
To my surprise and its credit, the paper known as Pravda on the Potomac for its liberal leanings chastises the Democrat presidential candidates for refusing to acknowledge the successes of the troop surge and their unwillingness “to reconsider their long-standing plans to carry out a rapid withdrawal of remaining U.S. forces in Iraq as soon as they become president — a step that would almost certainly reverse the progress that has been made”.
Last year, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.) allowed that progress in Iraq “would be a real big problem” for Democrats. His party’s presidential candidates are responding to that “real big problem” the same way they respond to the failures of their nanny-state domestic policies: They’re denying it, and, in denying reality, they continue to promote policies based on fantasy.
America and her troops deserve better.