From the New York Post:
June 9, 2008 — AMERICA has won, or is about to win, the Iraq war.
The latest proof came last month, as the Iraqi army – just a few months ago the target of scorn and abuse from Democratic politicians and journalists – forcefully reoccupied three cities that had served as key insurgency bases (Basra, Sadr City and Mosul).
Sunnis and Shias alike applauded as their nation’s army compelled insurgent militias to lay down their arms. The country’s leading opposition newspaper, Azzaman, led the applause for the move into Mosul – a sign that national reconciliation in Iraq is under way and probably irreversible.
……In a Washington Post interview, CIA Director Michael Hayden said we’re witnessing the “near strategic defeat of al Qaeda in Iraq.”
……The Bush administration has taken heaps of abuse for its Iraq policy, including its decision to launch the “surge” last December. Now the strategy, which our nation’s “best and brightest” regularly dismissed as a failure, has cleared the way for the establishment of a secure democracy in Iraq and a lasting peace.
……Meanwhile, we’re still fighting a vicious insurgency in Afghanistan, and have yet to root out the al Qaeda remnants of along the Afghan-Pakistan border. And the continued threat of home-grown terror cells keeps European governments nervous.
……And al Qaeda’s fugitive leadership is learning that its former safe haven along the Afghan-Pakistan border is no longer so safe. Thanks to cooperation with Pakistan’s new government, unmanned US Predator drones recently killed two top al Qaeda leaders there.
Once Gen. David Petraeus is confirmed as commander of US forces in the Middle East in July, he’ll be able to apply the same strategy for victory learned in the Iraq surge to the war in Afghanistan.
……We need to acknowledge that the Iraq war wasn’t a “distraction” from the War on Terror, as critics still complain, but its centerpiece.
It’s not mere coincidence that our success against al Qaeda globally comes along with success in Iraq. For all its setbacks and frustrations, the Iraq war drew jihadists into a battle they thought they could win, because it would be fought on their home turf – but which they’re now losing disastrously.
……If Democrats had won the White House in 2004, the jihadists might have succeeded.
Since McCain will likely win, the Democrats won’t be able to take credit for a triumph they had nothing to do with, nor will they be able to compound the damage they do to this country from the auspices of the White House.