Of Course We Can Still Win In Iraq

From the comments section:

“Even all the conservative blogs have pretty much judged Iraq lost. The only man who can keep that from being so is Bush: let’s hope he remains dogged to the end.” — CoolCzech

I don’t think Iraq is lost at all. Personally, I think we need to:

1) Keep training Iraqi forces — although faster please.
2) Take apart the militias.
3) Make it clear that no nation unless it is part of the coalition forces will be allowed to send men or materials into Iraq.
4) Keep a significant number of American troops on hand for air support, special forces, and logistics even after our troops are no longer policing the streets (Hopefully, we should be at that point by some time around the end of 2007).

If we do that, I think we can still win. In fact, I think it’s highly likely that we’ll win if the GOP hangs together and doesn’t let the Democrats cut and run and the Iraqi government will go ahead and cooperate with us in cracking down on the militias.

What we’re doing in Iraq is bloody, complicated, and unpleasant, but all is not lost. At this point, as much as anything, it’s going to all come down to sheer will. If we have enough of it, we’ll win and the world will be a better place for it. If we don’t, the terrorists will win and the world will be a worse place for it.

Also see

The Way Forward in Iraq
Pentagon May Suggest Short-Term Buildup Leading to Iraq Exit

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