Does anyone imagine that the terrorists are winning hearts and minds?
Iraq remains a brutally dangerous place, a country that will struggle for years with its disastrous past. Progress will be imperfect. Success will be inconsistent. Disappointments will intoxicate the media. But, when all is said and done, Iraq is now the only major country in the Middle East with hope for a better future.
Our soldiers created that hope.
Far from the crude babykiller of campus legend, the American soldier has proved that he is as humane as he is competent, as creative as he is valorous, and as optimistic as the best traditions of his – or her – country. Our troops have tracked down war criminals, turned the tables on ambushers, faced countless roadside bombs – and built schools, created jobs, picked up garbage and set an example that even those Iraqis anxious for us to leave will not forget.
The American soldier has an immeasurably greater impact than American bombs.
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