Wizbang has a GREAT take here back in January when General Petraeus was unanimously confirmed: the comments section has some wise input.
There is an article issued by CENTCOM here: the General told the Senate that the surge will take time and the Senate was good with that.
Later, the Reids and that genre of frauds had one of those meaningless non-binding resolutions, and then didn’t have time to meet with the General, which led to a further defeat of their stabbing the troops and the Commander, General Petraeus, in the back.
One should ask themselves why a body of theoretical “wise people” in the Senate would vote to unanimously confirm the Commander In Theater just to turn around and say “the surge isn’t working” when reports in the field are saying just the opposite.
I smell dying brain cells in DC.
UPDATE: BlandlyUrbane says;
Let’s face it, no one is really going to continue to give this subject enough thought to do the right thing. Suggesting politicians get a clue to consider the result of acting on their rhetoric is like asking them to not take themselves too seriously.
We will one day soon leave Iraq and that day will be too soon. We will spend the next decades paying for that shortsighted decision with more battlegrounds around the planet. In perhaps what is the first time this nation took a pro-active stance or entered into battle early in a preemptive manner so as to address an issue head on; we will fall back and write off all those that have sacrificed to the point at which we do leave.
We will do this; the time is coming. We will have to go back too, but the circumstances and the battlefields will be that much more difficult to enter into. They will be in the deserts, in the cities of Europe and the U.S. and elsewhere. It will be an ugly inferno and I told you so will have no meaning or satisfaction.
UPDATE 2: BlandlyUrbane;
Makes one wonder how a senior senator, a ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee could be so off or unaware of various data. Presumably he receives his intel in a form the we, the public do not as we are forced to rely upon the news media; which consistently reports bad news because it’s quick and easy and offers very little good news because it is slow and laborious and not as readily apparent.
We are forced to believe that the senator receives his intel in the same place that we do, which is extremely odd. At the same time Lugar announces is his concerns (was it timed to distract from the illegal immigration fiasco?), Mario Loyola at NRO this morning can see positive results coming to fruition in Iraq now that the surge of troops has been recently completed and the surge in tactics or “kinetic phase,” is underway.
Just a few tidbits to whet your appetite, which should be followed with a trip to NRO for his essay….balance is only fair, no?
“After the recent destruction of two minarets at the main Shiite mosque in Sunni-dominated Samarra (the destruction of which in February 2006 triggered the slide towards civil war) Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki immediately traveled to the town to reassure the Sunnis of his government’s support and protection. Iraqi security forces were surged to protect Sunni mosques from reprisals, while security operations continued to target the Shiite death squads. Meanwhile, the government has made progress on all the benchmark legislative initiatives, and the parliament is expected to take up and finalize several of the most crucial ones before its current session ends at the end of July. U.S. efforts have focused on capacity-building. In the field, provincial reconstruction teams (a concept born in Afghanistan, and which came late to Iraq) are now embedded in every brigade headquarters, giving commanders in every sector of Iraq the flexibility to target assistance where it is most crucially needed. And advisers from all over the U.S. government are now embedded all over the Iraqi government, helping prepare for “transition” – a term that basically means “get ready, because soon you’re on your own.”‘
There is much more positive news to be had at NRO from Mario Loyola. Nothing is guaranteed, but victory as well as defeat is a slow process.