The Incontiguous Brick

July 30, 2007

O’Hanlon’s Optimism

Filed under: Our World,politics — iknowkeith @ 11:27 am

In today’s OP-ED piece for the New York Times, Michael E. O’Hanlon (a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution) writes the first positive article about the War in Iraq I have read in a long time.

Unlike the majority of the pontificators on the war, these writes spent eight days in Iraq to see first hand how things are going. Their report is that things are look better. Moral is high among the troops and they believe they are making a difference. The country is becoming more secure bit by bit. There might be a victory after all.


    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.

Full article here.


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