Democrats Despoil American Graves
Those with long memories remember that American forces were winning the Tet offensive in Vietnam while the CBS leftist commentator, Walter Cronkite, was lying to us and telling us that we were losing. This, together with Watergate, eventually gave the Democrat-controlled Congress the impetus and the backing to throw away the honorable peace accords negotiated by the Nixon Administration, pull the rug out from under our troops and from the government of South Vietnam, and turn a phased withdrawal leaving in place some hard-won arrangements into a shameful rout.
I thought I would never again see the day when history would repeat itself, where America’s leftists would try again to arrange a defeat of our country at home when our troops had won victory at enormous cost in blood and treasure, but they are trying their best to do it again. First they tried to stop the surge; then they tried to smear General Petraeus; now they are trying to keep all news of our successes in Iraq from reaching the American public by burying all mention of those successes or by spinning them.
Hopefully, conservative bloggers will not let this happen. Reports by General Petraeus and by others in our military have been circulating over the internet attesting to the astounding reductions in military and civilian deaths and in the reduced number of violent incidents happening in Iraq now that the surge has reached its planned levels.
Now comes this report from the Iraqi Interior Ministry:
Violence in Iraq drops sharply: Ministry
By Aseel Kami, Reuters, Oct 22, 2007 (Excerpt)
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Violence in Iraq has dropped by 70 percent since the end of June, when U.S. forces completed their build-up of 30,000 extra troops to stabilize the war-torn country, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.
The ministry released the new figures as bomb blasts in Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul killed five people and six gunmen died in clashes with police in the holy Shi'ite city of Kerbala south of the Iraqi capital.
Washington began dispatching reinforcements to Iraq in February to try to buy Iraq's feuding political leaders time to reach a political accommodation to end violence between majority Shi'ites and minority Sunni Arabs that has killed tens of thousands and forced millions from their homes.
While the leaders have failed to agree on key laws aimed at reconciling the country's warring sects, the troop buildup has succeeded in quelling violence.
Under the plan, U.S. troops left their large bases and set up combat outposts in neighborhoods while launching a series of summer offensives against Sunni Islamist al Qaeda, other Sunni Arab militants and Shi'ite militias in the Baghdad beltway.
Interior Ministry spokesman Major-General Abdul-Karim Khalaf told reporters that there had been a 70 percent decrease in violence countrywide in the three months from July to September over the previous quarter." Reuters
Editorial Note: When, last week, I posted an earlier news report confirming the success of the surge, irritated leftists tried to spin it – one even went so far as to post a non-existent link. When foreigners do this it attests to their envy and resentment of America’s success through the ages; when Americans do it, it attests to their stupidity.