Tuesday, July 31

The Politics of Surge Success

So the New York Times (no less) is saying that the surge is working.
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.

The big lesson if the surge works or not is that we shouldn't try and run a war by the opinion polls back home. Not that this has been Bush's war troubles (he has had others in conducting the war) but too often public opinion becomes our only guide.

So let's suppose that the surge does work. Where does that leave the American politics? First, Democrats suffer a big defeat along with all their full fledged alliances with the peace at all costs contingent. All the major Democratic pres. candidates suffer major humiliation at finding a war is being won that they hoped would be lost. Lieberman becomes the only viable candidate. And Gen. David Petraues becomes the Republican candidate for President. If he is anything like our last general as president I couldn't wait to vote for him.