The surge is working and Petraeus recommended starting a conditional withdrawal. A great showing and a political hit for the Left which has backed itself into a corner by trying to strong-arm the Right. It has repeated its disingenuous talking points so often it now has to pretend to believe them, to its detriment. They missed a golden opportunity to connect with the mainstream in their obsession not to offend the Soros/Sheehan crowd.
Having poisoned one country and been expelled from it (Afghanistan), al Qaeda seized upon post-Saddam instability to establish itself in the very heart of the Arab Middle East — Sunni Iraq. Yet now, in front of all the world, Iraq’s Sunnis are, to use the biblical phrase, vomiting out al Qaeda. This is a defeat and humiliation in the extreme — an Arab Muslim population rejecting al Qaeda so violently that it allies itself in battle with the infidel, the foreigner, the occupier.
Just carrying this battle to its successful conclusion — independent of its larger effect of helping stabilize Iraq — is justification enough for the surge. The turning of Sunni Iraq against al Qaeda is a signal event in the war on terror. Petraeus’s plan is to be allowed to see it through.