Today before a hostile joint Democrat-controlled House International and Defense committee, commander of coalition forces in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus and United States Ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, laid it all out there for the world to see.
In a nutshell, both admitted that while there was tangible progress both militarily and politically, it was not enough and more time would be needed. No punches where pulled. Nothing grandiose. Just the facts. In other words, to use baseball lingo, they hit a 1-2 homer out of the park.
On the other hand, the left-wings loons, led by the fifth-columnist MoveOn.org that ran a traitorous advertisement in the New York Times with this catchy tag line "General Petraeus or General Betray Us" Get it?! So funny, I forgot to laugh.
If that was not enough, lunatic leftists Code Pink interrupted the hearing several times shouting and screaming. Some of the screaming was blood curdling, as if they were being beheaded by one of the al-Queda enemies that we are fighting not only in Iraq and Afghanistan, but worldwide. Among them, the Queen Loon herself, Cindy Sheehan. And just when you thought she would just be campaigning for Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi's seat. Can you imagine some campaign propaganda from the Sheehan campaign with that photo?!
And, of course you had a couple of fringe Democrat inquisitors, Congressman Robert Wexler (D-Florida) and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif)-and I am embarrassed she is from here!
trying to slap down Gen. Petreaus. The good general would have none of it and when it became clear that Laurel and Hardy were just trying to score political points, Ambassador Crocker answered their moronic questions.
Some of the highlights http://FoxNews.com are:
By the sectarian factions dropping their association with al-Queda in Iraq violence has greatly decreased. General Petraeus
Gen. Petraeus blamed the al-Queda in Iraq bombing of the Golden Dome Mosque in February 2006 for the huge spike in violence. Gen. Petraeus noted that this has been the quietest two weeks since February, 2006.
According to Gen. Petraeus, one marine unit will be sent home at the end of this month and an army brigade will be sent home in mid-December. Gen. Petraeus said that the troop levels should be at pre-surge levels by July, 2008.
Of course, the Democrats could not see the forest through the trees and beat Gen. Petraeus up on something that President Bush said last week in reference to the United States pullout from South Vietnam that led to the South being conquered by the Communist North.
Here is the reality.
It is not just about breaking the pottery and having to fix it as Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said during last week's Republican presidential debate. It is not just honor, also as Mr. Huckabee said. It is about the fact that the United States and allies can not leave Iraq and just hope that everything works out. For it will not. Sooner or later, the United States would be right back in the thick of battle, only it would be worse because the Islamofacsists, al-Queda in Iraq and other allies will be loaded for bear and much more deadly than they are now.
With some, but not enough, political gains and more to come and the military goals within reach, it is time to unite for victory. It is not time for the loons on the left to dictate the terms of surrender, which a time-table troop withdrawal would be.
I will write here and now that I am as weary of this battle in this theatre in the War Against Islamofacsist Terror, but we have made real military and political progress and we need to see it through so that Iraq will be a reliable ally in the War Against Islamofacsist Terrror. The same for Afghanistan.
President Bush on more occasions than one can remember said that this would be a long struggle and it is apparent that a large segment of the American population can not deal with such a long term struggle. We all want it to be like a two hour movie and it to be over and the good guys, the United States and the West, beating the bad guys, al-Queda in Iraq and their bloodthirsty allies.
General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker gave a sober assessment of the situation in the Iraq theatre. Because of that, I do believe that for the first time in a long time, the American people are ready to back the current course and that may be a quicker than thought victory in the war.
The United States is lucky to have such leaders. Because they were honest, and the Democrats and their allies looked foolish, the light maybe at the end of the Iraq tunnel.