Will the Battle Over Iraq End in a Way and at an Hour of President Bush's Choosing?
-President Bush, Sept 14, 2001 from President's Remarks at National Day of Prayer and Remembrance
By way of Michael Totten:
Security incidents, or attacks, are at their lowest level in four years. Civilian deaths are down by almost 90 percent since General Petraeus’ counterinsurgency “surge” strategy went into effect. High profile attacks, or explosions, are down by 80 percent in the same time period. American and Iraqi soldiers suffer far fewer casualties than they have for years. Ethno-sectarian deaths from Iraq’s civil war plunged all the way down to zero in May and June 2008.
As Indigo Red points out, Senator Obama's adopted President Bush's National Strategy for Victory in Iraq:
True success will take place when we leave Iraq to a government that is taking responsibility for its future – a government that prevents sectarian conflict, and ensures that the al Qaeda threat which has been beaten back by our troops does not reemerge. That is an achievable goal if we pursue a comprehensive plan to press the Iraqis stand up.Nothing quite like jumping on the bandwagon of success, and pretending it's been your position all along, right?
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