June 01, 2008
THE WASHINGTON POST: The Iraqi Upturn: Don't look now, but the U.S.-backed government and army may be winning the war. "Iraq passed a turning point last fall when the U.S. counterinsurgency campaign launched in early 2007 produced a dramatic drop in violence and quelled the incipient sectarian war between Sunnis and Shiites. Now, another tipping point may be near, one that sees the Iraqi government and army restoring order in almost all of the country, dispersing both rival militias and the Iranian-trained 'special groups' that have used them as cover to wage war against Americans. . . . When Mr. Obama floated his strategy for Iraq last year, the United States appeared doomed to defeat. Now he needs a plan for success." Do tell.