Wednesday, 1 August 2007

New York Times: Iraq - a war we might just win

Ed: I'm putting this up because it is not an opinion or a view you will read much about (yet) in the UK media and sometimes it is good to see things from a different perspective. Not having been to Iraq, I can only offer it at 'face value'.

VIEWED from Iraq, where we just spent eight days meeting with American and Iraqi military and civilian personnel, the political debate in Washington is surreal. The Bush administration has over four years lost essentially all credibility. Yet now the administration’s critics, in part as a result, seem unaware of the significant changes taking place.

Here is the most important thing Americans need to understand: We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms. As two analysts who have harshly criticized the Bush administration’s miserable handling of Iraq, we were surprised by the gains we saw and the potential to produce not necessarily “victory” but a sustainable stability that both we and the Iraqis could live with. Read more

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Revd John P Richardson said...

Perhaps it is worth bearing in mind, as Operation Banner, the deployment of the army in Northern Ireland, comes to an end, that it was perhaps fifteen years after they went to the province in 1969 before they could really be said to have the situation there reduced to 'manageable' proportions, and that was operating in UK territory against an enemy that had to smuggle in virtually every weapon and every ounce of explosives.

The idea that after four years of insurgency in Iraq, against a completely ruthless enemy with a vast supply of weaponry, the situation would be under control displays a degree of optimism not appropriate to reality.