Mr. Bob points the way to a stellar Wall Street Journal column penned by Michael Yon, who has earned the utmost credibility in Iraq by virtue of spending more time following the action in person than probably any other independent observer. So when he writes:
I have seen this war â€“ and our part in it â€“ at its brutal worst. And I say the transformation over the last 14 months is little short of miraculous.
The change goes far beyond the statistical decline in casualties or incidents of violence. A young Iraqi translator, wounded in battle and fearing death, asked an American commander to bury his heart in America. Iraqi special forces units took to the streets to track down terrorists who killed American soldiers. The U.S. military is the most respected institution in Iraq, and many Iraqi boys dream of becoming American soldiers. Yes, young Iraqi boys know about “GoArmy.com.”
Over the past 15 months, we have proved that we can win this war. We stand now at the moment of truth. Victory â€“ and a democracy in the Arab world â€“ is within our grasp. But it could yet slip away if our leaders remain transfixed by the war we almost lost, rather than focusing on the war we are winning today.
We should be paying attention to what Michael Yon has to say. The reality-challenged crew in the U.S. Senate Democratic caucus and their online spin machine need to read this more than most, but it’s likely they will miss it altogether.