As U.S. casualties have continued to drop, many people on the anti-Bush side of the aisle have begun to quietly panic in recent days over this question: “Could George W. Bush and Frederick Kagan have possibly been right about the surge?”
The Kossack goes on to poo-poo any thought that the surge or Gen. Petraeus, pardon me, “Betray Us,” has come with a counterinsurgency strategy that’s paying off. And the Kossack entirely ignores the fact that absent US troops, the sheiks who have decided to take on and fight al Qaeda would have had no means at hand to do so. The Anbar Awakening, which the left still pretends isn’t happening at all, couldn’t have spread all across Iraq without US troops provinding the backbone of the forces that are defeating al Qaeda.
The panicked Kossack pins the entire war, success or failure, on what Moqtada al-Sadr does or doesn’t do. Not US action or politics. Not even the actions of al Qaeda or the Iranians or the Iraqi government. Just the mullah Atari.
When al-Sadr lays down his arms, there will be relative peace. When he takes them up, Americans will die in dozens.
Quiet panic at the thought that the US might win a war. Reality-based thinking in action, friends.