Posted by: As I See It by Arnie | July 10, 2007

Iraq: Leave now or wait? But, It really is working.

The arm chairing in Congress is reaching a climax as lawmakers are choosing sides in the war at home.  Yes or no.  Is the surge working or is it not is the question facing congress as they get antsy from pressure groups and now can’t wait till September which is when they previously agreed was to be the deciding point.  Antsy.  Impatient.

A threat by Cindy Sheehan to run against Peolsi, if Nancy did not push for immediate withdraw, just made the headlines.  Then there is the defect of republicans Lugar, Domenici, and Doolittle who are now against the forces continuing the surge.

“The first votes in what Pelosi’s office termed “a month of action in Congress to end the war” could start as early as this week. Likely topics include legislation banning permanent bases in Iraq and cracking down on what Democrats call “war profiteering.” In addition, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) last month announced withdrawal legislation to “redeploy” troops by next spring.”   The Hill reports.

And then there is the ever popular among the left, the Anne Flaherty and Anne Gearan report leading off with this statement“A progress report on Iraq will conclude that the U.S.-backed government in Baghdad has not met any of its targets for political, economic and other reforms, speeding up the Bush administration’s reckoning on what to do next, a U.S. official said Monday.”

The official is unnamed because he/she does not want to be known, OR the two Anne’s are hiding he/she for political reasons.  The he/she could be in trouble by going with or against the grain, or providing information to the press that is not yet ready to be released to the press.  In other words, when ever a source is unnamed, just be a bit skeptical about the accuracy of the statements being taken in context and/or the motives. 

Then there is this report from the US Ambassador to Iraq, Ryan C. Crocker, along with the Iraqi foreign minister, “warning that the departure of American troops could lead to sharply increased violence, the deaths of thousands and a regional conflict that could draw in Iraq’s neighbors. ” 

“The dangers vary from civil war to dividing the country or maybe to regional wars,” he said, referring to an American withdrawal. “In our estimation the danger is huge. Until the Iraqi forces and institutions complete their readiness, there is a responsibility on the U.S. and other countries to stand by the Iraqi government and the Iraqi people to help build up their capabilities.”  

Then General Patraeus, in an extensive report of the WSJ has this to say: “People keep asking, ‘When will Iraqi security forces take over from Coalition forces?’ ” says Gen. Petraeus. “Well, they’ve been doing it for months. . . . There was a ceremony a few months back when Coalition forces transferred security responsibilities to Iraqis in Najaf. The same thing happened just a few weeks ago in Karbala. Mostly recently, within the last week, four districts within Baghdad have been transitioned to Iraqi security force control and I think that’s roughly 20% of Baghdad.” 

Then for a most accurate report from the ONLY independent journalist in Iraq, Michael Yon has his own take, and his latest dispatch Baqubah Update of July5″  It’s working.  The surge is working.  The Iraq’s need us to stay.

The big news on the streets today is that the people of Baqubah are generally ecstatic, although many hold in reserve a serious concern that we will abandon them again. For many Iraqis, we have morphed from being invaders to occupiers to members of a tribe. I call it the “al Ameriki tribe,” or “tribe America.”

“I’ve seen this kind of progression in Mosul, out in Anbar and other places, and when I ask our military leaders if they have sensed any shift, many have said, yes, they too sense that Iraqis view us differently. In the context of sectarian and tribal strife, we are the tribe that people can—more or less and with giant caveats—rely on.”

What is it about lawmakers who think that pandering to the peace crowd at home is more important than completing a mission that is part of the international war against fanatical Islamic fascists causing terror wherever?  That wherever could be somewhere in these lower 48 sometime soon.  


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