And as hopeful as we'd all like to be, no one has any idea what will happen once we pull our finger out of the dike.
There was an unfortunate learning curve for the American Military in Iraq, mainly it was that can't allow d-bags like Bremer run the show.
Just take a look at the violence levels and tell me that the "tides" haven't turned-- even if it's temporary.
Sure there was the recent violence (probably complements of al-Qa'ida in Syria) in Tikrit, but the Mosul isn't fighting with weapons, they're arguing politically. People are no longer afraid to walk the street.
Could this turn around and dwell into some failed statehood like that of Lebanon in their civil war? Yes. Is it 100%? No. is it Likely? Depends on who you ask.
But you cannot discredit that, currently, we are winning in Iraq.
"I do not underestimate the ability of fanatical groups of terrorists to kill and destroy, but they do not threaten the life of the nation. Whether we would survive Hitler hung in the balance, but there is no doubt that we shall survive al-Qa'ida." -- Lord Hoffmann
Sarah Palin says US should rededicate itself to God
Sarah Palin says US should rededicate itself to God - TelegraphThe former US vice-presidential candidate argued that a humble spirit could help leaders to get more answers on issues such as health care, energy and national security
Wtf does palin have to do with this thread /facepalm
Matthew 10:34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Winning eh? I guess it depends on your definition of winning. It seems to be stabilizing but the fact that Iraq's leadership is very friendly with Iran's leadership has me troubled. I'm also not so sure the country can't or won't go into anarchy once we leave. It could fall like a house of cards.
Model country? I'm not sure they will even come close to a "model country" even in our life time whatever that is. I predict there will be suicide bombers for a long time to come and at least periodic flare ups of violence.