We wouldn’t expect to get good news about the war from the N.Y. Times, but these 2 journalist bring a positive report back from the field.
A War We Just Might Win
By MICHAEL E. O’HANLON and KENNETH M. POLLACK
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’Â but a sustainable stability that both we and the Iraqis could live with.
Today, morale is high. The soldiers and marines told us they feel that they now have a superb commander in Gen. David Petraeus; they are confident in his strategy, they see real results, and they feel now they have the numbers needed to make a real difference.
But for now, things look much better than before. American advisers told us that many of the corrupt and sectarian Iraqi commanders who once infested the force have been removed.