Tuesday, September 04, 2007

turn of the tide?

Well, it stands to reason that no one would claim we can see the 'light at the end of the tunnel'! The metaphor of choice is The Tide is Turning in Iraq. That's the title of an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today. Alas, it's only available to subscribers, but the short version is this: 'Significant challenges remain in establishing security, building up Iraqi forces capable of maintaining it and helping the Iraqi government achieve reconciliation and unity. But few expected the progress so far. The tide in Iraq is clearly turning....'

(The author is Kimberly Kagan, who has a variety of interests: affilate of Harvard's Institute of Strategic Studies, president of the Institute for the Study of War, and wife of Frederick Kagan who has been identified as a principal author of the surge strategy.)

I thought that was a nice bit of theater that Bush pulled off in Anbar province over the weekend.

2 Comments:

At 12:20 PM, Blogger Melvin Wichers said...

Hey Dan,

Thanks for you're comment. It's a blog for school. I'm really interested in WW2 aviation. And you were right with those comments.
I saw you were writing about Iraq. I know a lot about that subject, because i do not live that far away from Iraq and other 'war-zones'. My dad's Defence Attache for Holland in Pakistan. were i live as well and go to an international school. Most of his work is getting permission for transports into Afghanistan.
A lot of American soldiers stationed in Iraq are coming here too. for 'vacation' or, like in WW2, terms: R&R
anyway's, gtg now!

Melvin Wichers, Islamabad

 
At 9:31 AM, Blogger Dan Ford said...

A lot of American soldiers stationed in Iraq are coming here too. for 'vacation' or, like in WW2, terms: R&R

I had no idea! Pakistan as holiday resort--it boggles the mind. Thanks for the information. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

 

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