The United States is now winning the war that two years ago seemed lost.
READ: It only ‘seemed lost’ in the minds of the leftwing press.
Limited, sometimes sharp fighting and periodic terrorist bombings in Iraq are likely to continue, possibly for years. But the Iraqi government and the U.S. now are able to shift focus from mainly combat to mainly building the fragile beginnings of peace — a transition that many found almost unthinkable as recently as one year ago.
Unthinkable to the AP, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Now they’re being forced, against their will, to relent to the ‘unthinkable’.
Despite the occasional bursts of violence, Iraq has reached the point where the insurgents, who once controlled whole cities, no longer have the clout to threaten the viability of the central government.
That does not mean the war has ended or that U.S. troops have no role in Iraq. It means the combat phase finally is ending, years past the time when President Bush optimistically declared it had. The new phase focuses on training the Iraqi army and police, restraining the flow of illicit weaponry from Iran, supporting closer links between Baghdad and local governments, pushing the integration of former insurgents into legitimate government jobs and assisting in rebuilding the economy.
Scattered battles go on, especially against al-Qaida holdouts north of Baghdad. But organized resistance, with the steady drumbeat of bombings, kidnappings, assassinations and ambushes that once rocked the capital daily, has all but ceased.
This amounts to more than a lull in the violence. It reflects a fundamental shift in the outlook for the Sunni minority, which held power under Saddam Hussein. They launched the insurgency five years ago. They now are either sidelined or have switched sides to cooperate with the Americans in return for money and political support.
Nice of you to notice, AP.
……The premature declaration by the Bush administration of “Mission Accomplished” in May 2003 convinced commanders that the best public relations strategy is to promise little, and couple all good news with the warning that “security is fragile” and that the improvements, while encouraging, are “not irreversible.”
Of course, there’s no mention of the surge or Bush’s commitment to victory.
The “Mission Accomplished” sign on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln was meant to commemorate the end of their successful mission, along with the initial stage of major combat in Iraq, not necessarily the end of sporadic fighting, or the work that lie ahead.
The AP et al, would like nothing better for the “not irreversable” possibility to come true.