Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Most Excellent News From Iraq
Gen. John P. Abizaid, commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, said yesterday that the strength of the Iraqi insurgency is waning as a result of momentum from elections, and he predicted Iraqi security forces would be leading the fight against insurgents in most of Iraq by the end of 2005.
While acknowledging that Iraq's Sunni Arab insurgency gained intensity from November through January compared with the previous year, Abizaid told a Senate panel that the insurgents' failure to disrupt Jan. 30 elections marked a turning point and indicated declining popular support.
Moreover, General Abizaid believes that Iraqis can take over most of the task of fighting the insurgents and terrorists:
Abizaid predicted that Iraqi security forces, while not up to the task yet, will assume the lead role in fighting the insurgency by the end of the year. "They will get better and I think in 2005 will take on the majority of the tasks," he said.
Good news for Iraq, bad news for the left. Can the SAEN ignore this news? I doubt it can, but we'll see tomorrow.
Come on, Commando. That's just insulting.
I think I am justified in being critical of the way the Bush administration has gone about this entire Iraq operation, but that does not mean I am rooting for the insurgents or against our troops.