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Al Qaeda in Iraq Defeated?

If not defeated, then seriously crippled, which is fantastic news. From the Washington Post:

The U.S. military believes it has dealt devastating and perhaps irreversible blows to al-Qaeda in Iraq in recent months, leading some generals to advocate a declaration of victory over the group, which the Bush administration has long described as the most lethal U.S. adversary in Iraq.

But as the White House and its military commanders plan the next phase of the war, other officials have cautioned against taking what they see as a premature step that could create strategic and political difficulties for the United States. Such a declaration could fuel criticism that the Iraq conflict has become a civil war in which U.S. combat forces should not be involved. At the same time, the intelligence community, and some in the military itself, worry about underestimating an enemy that has shown great resilience in the past.

"I think it would be premature at this point," a senior intelligence official said of a victory declaration over AQI, as the group is known. Despite recent U.S. gains, he said, AQI retains "the ability for surprise and for catastrophic attacks." Earlier periods of optimism, such as immediately following the June 2006 death of AQI founder Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a U.S. air raid, not only proved unfounded but were followed by expanded operations by the militant organization.

There is widespread agreement that AQI has suffered major blows over the past three months. Among the indicators cited is a sharp drop in suicide bombings, the group's signature attack, from more than 60 in January to around 30 a month since July. Captures and interrogations of AQI leaders over the summer had what a senior military intelligence official called a "cascade effect," leading to other killings and captures. The flow of foreign fighters through Syria into Iraq has also diminished, although officials are unsure of the reason and are concerned that the broader al-Qaeda network may be diverting new recruits to Afghanistan and elsewhere.

I'm afraid this is a bitter pill for the Surrendercrats to swallow. It is they who have tried so hard to pull our troops out of Iraq before they could reach any sort of victory because it benefited them politically. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is still trying, nonetheless, with her Armenian genocide resolution that will accomplish nothing but alienate one of our most important strategic allies in the Iraq war and make it very difficult for our troops to get the supplies and support they need to continue the war effort.

House Democrats brought the resolution to a vote despite entreaties from the White House to postpone it. For Congress, though, the resolution was less about rectifying history than grandstanding. House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Tom Lantos (D., Cal.) called a vote. It passed. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) pooh-poohed the episode. This was not about Turkey, she explained, but rather "about the Ottoman Empire." Unclear, though, is why congressional Democrats felt the urgent need to condemn an entity that hasn't existed for 85 years.

Unfortunately, grandstanding has consequences. Turkey recalled its ambassador; and now the State Department finds itself now devoid of leverage to prevent a Turkish incursion into Iraq to fight Kurdish terrorists. Pelosi's posturing has put U.S. use of the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey to supply our forces both in Afghanistan and Iraq in jeopardy.


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Turkey recalled its amba... (Below threshold)
Usful Ijit:

Turkey recalled its ambassador; and now the State Department finds itself now devoid of leverage to prevent a Turkish incursion into Iraq to fight Kurdish terrorists.

Pelosi's posturing has put U.S. use of the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey to supply our forces both in Afghanistan and Iraq in jeopardy.

This was the point of this whole shameless episode. Still trying to ensure defeat. Patriots all.

The Dems have lost the deba... (Below threshold)

The Dems have lost the debate on the War in Iraq, so they have no choice but to bring back the Ottoman Empire to inflame our Allies. They have been sleeping with the enemy for years but only recently have donned clothes when they protest.

Lantos is one of the usual suspects.

This war is ending, troop levels will be drawn down and Americans can rejoice that our military is triumphant again because it remained dedicated, resilient, able to change and adjust tactics and strategy in the face of severe criticism and abandonment by its liberal critics in the US and stay true to the cause of Americans who supported them.

America should maintain a permanent base in Iraq, just as it did in Japan, Philippines and Germany, so that forward projection of power remains on the minds of the crazies in Syria, Iran and, if necessary, Saudi Arabia.

Well, you should clarify th... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Well, you should clarify that part about the good news. Good news for true Americans. Bad news for democrats and Al Qaeda.

Not so fast HughS, there's ... (Below threshold)
marc:

Not so fast HughS, there's a long way to go.

"Iraqi terrorists are targeting Polish troops there ahead of the national elections in Poland next Sunday, October 21.

That would be Shiite terrorists not AQ. But it sounds familiar doesn't it? Madrid all over again.

And then there is the very extreme problem of the "Jihadist Deniers" who sit around with their head either in the sand or have the ability to use their anus for a necklace.

It IS a trifle odd, come to... (Below threshold)

It IS a trifle odd, come to think of it, that 85 years after the fact, the Dems are so insistent on passing a resolution that'll piss off Turkey's government.

But don't you DARE question their desire to see a victory in Iraq! Or their support of the troops!

The only question is... which side the victory? Which troops do they support? By their acts, by their words they show the side they're on.

A tipping point was reached unexpectedly in Iraq when enough people were pissed off by Al Quaeda's murderous tactics.

Often, tipping points are only evident after the fact. This idiotic Armenian Genocide Resolution smacks of desperation, of a frantic effort to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Could it be the tipping point for the Dems?

MarcThe opportunity ... (Below threshold)

Marc
The opportunity for domestic terrorism in Iraq is real. I don't belittle that fact.

However, I think our troops have reached, or are about to reach an important milestone: defeat on the battlefield of a terror that has murdered tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians, police and military as well as the murder of our soldiers. Murder because the killers gave no respect to the rules of engagement that limited and held back our superior military power.

I understand your concern about internecine conflict in Iraq, but we are at a turning point in Iraqi politics here. I have faith in Petraeus
to bring about a solution to the Shiite problem....certainly they want revenge for years of torture. But haven't we had success with bringing them around so far? If it requires fifty years of force projection, it's worth it.

If the Justice Dept had any... (Below threshold)

If the Justice Dept had any "stones" they would have Pelosi arrested for just being plain stupid. And if they could prove malice, she should do prison time.

There are troops in Iraq that have heard about this insane resolution and they're pissed. Why doesn't she just go over there and spit in their face's.

Pathetic, truly pathetic.

Kind of makes you want to t... (Below threshold)
Glenn M. Cassel, AMH1(AW), USN, RETIRED:

Kind of makes you want to tell nancy, chuck, traitor jack, maria, patty, harry to POUND SAND UP THEIR *****.
The Retired Petty Officer has spoken. No further discussion is required.

Congrats Glenn.Mar... (Below threshold)
marc:

Congrats Glenn.

Marc OS1 (SW) MAR. 2001

A friend says Armenians in ... (Below threshold)
kim:

A friend says Armenians in the Central Valley are pissed. They are aware that it is Democrats who've blocked this resolution for twenty years and they are aware that the Dhimms have changed now as an anti-military move.

This is backfiring bigtime.
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