Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Anbar Awakening Part II

Wow! What a difference a surge makes! I know I posted about this once before, but it bears repeating. Because as we all know, had the McCain-instigated strategic change in Iraq known as the surge ended in abject failure, it might've obliterated the distasteful barrage of obsessive media coverage enveloping a young, pregnant teenager whose mother just happens to be running for Vice President. But I digress.

The brilliant Ralph Peters, however, reminds us all of the miracle that has taken place in Iraq, and specifically, Anbar Province, in today's New York Post column:

All too easy to miss the biggest story out of Iraq this year: Yesterday, security responsibility for once-bloody Anbar Province officially passed from the US military to the Baghdad government.

Fallujah. Ramadi. Al Qaeda's worst atrocities. Those opposed to the liberation of Iraq celebrated years of headlines from Anbar.

Then it all changed: We won - and the headlines vanished. (emphasis mine)

This year, Iraq received a special gift to kick off Ramadan, Islam's holy month of alternate fasts and feasts: The handover of a huge, economically resurgent, peaceful province. More than 12,000 Marines have been withdrawn from Anbar. The remaining 25,000 US troops are packing up. That means more forces available for Afghanistan - and more time together for our military families.

The handover also means that 11 of Iraq's 18 provinces are now the responsibility of the country's long-derided security forces - with two more provinces scheduled to revert to full Iraqi control by year's end.

Does this mean Iraq is now "off-limits" as a debate topic? I mean, news this good certainly doesn't help Obama, and it sure ain't doin' much for Michelle and her kids, either.

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