i wish secretary rice -and dana perino – and ryan crocker and admiral mullen – had done a better job communicating and articulating exactly these points….
…the paralytically blinkered propagandists of the msm were able to craft narratives of the iraq conflict(s) that dramatically understate both the quality and quanitity of acheivements there….diplomatic, military and economic….
…there is still an unknown/unwritten story as to how much of iraq’s future is still contingent on the behavior of neighbors – iran, syria, saudi arabia, etc. – but the likely reality is that a stronger and democratic iraq substantially improves america’s diplomatic options in the mideast (and elsewhere)….
the dirty little secret that mumbai explicitly exposed is that the radical violence of SIAs – State Influenced Actors – is truly a global phenomenon requiring global cooperation…
…our new president will have the opportunity to learn more from the successess in iraq than its fialures in charting out what he wants that global cooperation to look like,..
….the bush administration – its flaws notwithstanding – has put america and americans in a better position to deal with future threats….