New York Times(!): Turnaround in Al-Anbar

posted at 4:00 pm on April 29, 2007 by see-dubya

No one thinks it’s Switzerland, and no one thinks what progress we’ve made is stable. But we have made progress, and the NYT admits as much in a long article in today’s paper:

Yet for all the indications of a heartening turnaround in Anbar, the situation, as it appeared during more than a week spent with American troops in Ramadi and Falluja in early April, is at best uneasy and fragile.

Heartening indeed. Read the whole thing for more heartening, and remember that Mohammed Abdullah Abbas Al Issawi won’t be there to regret it.

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How did that get past the editors? Darn long articles…

TheBigOldDog on April 29, 2007 at 4:15 PM

damn Karl Rove! :-p

Defector01 on April 29, 2007 at 4:22 PM

heart-ache

How can we properly surrender like this?

lorien1973 on April 29, 2007 at 4:35 PM

This is gonna piss Harry Reid off.

SuperManGreenLantern on April 29, 2007 at 4:49 PM

…as it appeared during more than a week spent with American troops in Ramadi and Falluja in early April.

There’s the key to getting the real story. They were with the troops, rather than relying on stringers while sitting in the Green Zone. The fact that they felt it was safe enough to venture out with the troops speaks volumes.

Mallard T. Drake on April 29, 2007 at 5:08 PM

Haven’t seen Schadenfreude on HA in a while.

Applies to perfection to: the NYT, Olbermann, Rosie, Ms. Pelosi, H. Reid and Mr. Murtha.

What a mix of ‘illustrious’ ‘thinkers’!

Entelechy on April 29, 2007 at 5:08 PM

Someone at the Times will pay for this dearly.

darwin on April 29, 2007 at 5:36 PM

This is gonna piss Harry Reid off.

SuperManGreenLantern on April 29, 2007 at 4:49 PM

Nah. Remember… he’s not listening to any good news.

db on April 29, 2007 at 7:10 PM

Harry Reid and all the congressmen who voted to defund the war are seriously a deranged bunch, bought and paid for! These events have been occuring over a period of nine or ten months. These guys are privy to this information, or at least their committie members are. Reid knew about the NYT peice probably and then spouted his “We have lost this war” bilge. Reid is an insult to the intelligence of the American people. I think Harry Reid should resign immediatley!

sonnyspats1 on April 29, 2007 at 7:59 PM

I can hear George Soros now………

“Stop the Presses…….STOP THE PRESSES…..”

PinkyBigglesworth on April 29, 2007 at 8:05 PM

I think Harry Reid should resign immediatley!

sonnyspats1 on April 29, 2007 at 7:59 PM

I think Bush should do what Lincoln did!

lsutiger on April 29, 2007 at 8:32 PM

Ooops…here’s the link

I especially love this quote

Opposition, especially in the press

lsutiger on April 29, 2007 at 8:52 PM

They certainly gave themselves enough “it’s fragile at best” CYA room.

Feels more like a feeble attempt to deflect criticism of bias.

But I’m jaded.

daveintexas on April 29, 2007 at 9:07 PM

Maybe the Dems want to claim that by their micro-managing, President Bush was forced to “fix it in Iraq” so they deserve the credit for any successes.
Sounds lame, but if Clinton can claim without blushing that he reformed Welfare and without howls from the peanut gallery, then this pretzel twist isn’t impossible for the Dems/NYT.

naliaka on April 29, 2007 at 9:16 PM

Success has a thousand fathers.

Failure, none.

If this Iraq slog starts turning around, watch for a whole lotta demo-daddies to start appearing with paternity claims.

(Even those as far-fetched as the one who popped up [sic] to lay claim to Anna Nicole Smith’s luckless kid.)

profitsbeard on April 29, 2007 at 10:19 PM

If this Iraq slog starts turning around, watch for a whole lotta demo-daddies mommies to start appearing with paternity maternity claims.

profitsbeard on April 29, 2007 at 10:19 PM

Hillary Rodham Clinton, in June of 2008 “If I knew in April of 2007, what I know now, I would have never said that if I knew in 2003, what I knew in April 2007, I would not have voted for the war”. And the democrats and the media would be perfectly happy, because they’re nothing if not flexible and nuanced.

Entelechy on April 30, 2007 at 1:02 AM

Has anyone seen Cheney and his personal shotgun collection lately? Just wondering, you know.

drunyan8315 on April 30, 2007 at 12:25 PM

I think he was last spotted heading in the direction of Carson City.

Freelancer on April 30, 2007 at 6:51 PM