Today, more good news from Iraq, it's starting to be a habit. From Robert Burns a military reporter from AP via Powerline's The Iraq Conundrum. According to Burns,
"The U.S. military, partnering in many instances with Iraqi forces, is now creating [a] security cushion—not everywhere, but in much of the north, the west and most importantly in key areas of Baghdad.
Sectarian killings continue and extremist groups remain a threat, yet they are being squeezed harder. The U.S. military has caught some momentum, thanks to the extra 30,000 troops—for a total of 159,000 on the ground—that Bush agreed to send as part of the new counterinsurgency strategy announced in January. The troops are interacting more with the local people and are protecting them more effectively."
That consistent with what we have been hearing from other former critical reporters. Next from the Jim Michaels of USA Today is reporting in 25,000 turn against insurgency, that military is reporting the the same methods that have worked so well in turning the Sunnis Leaders toward the U.S. view point is working well with Shiite Leaders as well. So well in fact they are reporting some 25,000 have signed on with the U.S. effort.
And finally from Michael Barone in Real Clear Politics: Perceptions of Iraq War Are Starting to Shift reports that all this good news from Iraq is starting to have an effect on the American Peoples perception of the War much to the chagrin of the Democrats. Rep. Nancy Boyda became so distraught of the good news she was forced to leave a recent briefing by military officials. He concludes:
"The prospect of an even partially positive report has sent chills up the spines of Democratic leaders in Congress. That, says House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, would be "a real big problem for us."
The Democratic base has been furious that Democrats in Congress haven't pulled the plug on the war already, and Democratic strategists have been anticipating big electoral gains from military defeat. But if the course of the war can change, so can public opinion. A couple of recent polls showed increased support for the decision to go to war and belief that the surge is working. If opinion continues to shift that way, if others come to see things as O'Hanlon and Pollack have, Democrats could find themselves trapped between a base that wants retreat and defeat, and a majority that wants victory."We can use more news like this, and I hope that those who have staked so much on our defeat will be made to pay from their disloyalty. Put it to em, Guys.
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